Psalm 81:14
New International Version
how quickly I would subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes!

New Living Translation
How quickly I would then subdue their enemies! How soon my hands would be upon their foes!

English Standard Version
I would soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes.

Berean Study Bible
how soon I would subdue their enemies and turn My hand against their foes!

King James Bible
I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.

New King James Version
I would soon subdue their enemies, And turn My hand against their adversaries.

New American Standard Bible
“I would quickly subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries.

NASB 1995
“I would quickly subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries.

NASB 1977
“I would quickly subdue their enemies, And turn My hand against their adversaries.

Amplified Bible
“Then I would quickly subdue and humble their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries;

Christian Standard Bible
I would quickly subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I would quickly subdue their enemies and turn My hand against their foes.”

American Standard Version
I would soon subdue their enemies, And turn my hand against their adversaries.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I would have shortly destroyed their enemies and would have turned my hand against those who hated them.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I should have put down their enemies very quickly, and should have laid my hand upon those that afflicted them.

Contemporary English Version
I, the LORD, would quickly defeat your enemies with my mighty power.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I should soon have humbled their enemies, and laid my hand on them that troubled them.

English Revised Version
I should soon subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their adversaries.

Good News Translation
I would quickly defeat their enemies and conquer all their foes.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I would quickly defeat their enemies. I would turn my power against their foes.

International Standard Version
Then I would quickly subdue their enemies. I would turn against their foes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I would soon subdue their enemies, And turn My hand against their adversaries.

Literal Standard Version
As a little thing I cause their enemies to bow, And I turn back My hand against their adversaries,

NET Bible
Then I would quickly subdue their enemies, and attack their adversaries."

New Heart English Bible
I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their adversaries.

World English Bible
I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their adversaries.

Young's Literal Translation
As a little thing their enemies I cause to bow, And against their adversaries I turn back My hand,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Sing for Joy to God, Our Strength
13If only My people would listen to Me, if Israel would follow My ways, 14how soon I would subdue their enemies and turn My hand against their foes! 15Those who hate the LORD would feign obedience, and their doom would last forever.…

Cross References
Psalm 18:47
the God who avenges me and subdues nations beneath me,

Psalm 47:3
He subdues nations beneath us, and peoples under our feet.

Amos 1:8
I will cut off the ruler of Ashdod and the one who wields the scepter in Ashkelon. I will turn My hand against Ekron, and the remnant of the Philistines will perish," says the Lord GOD.


Treasury of Scripture

I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.

I should

Numbers 14:9,45
Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not…

Joshua 23:13
Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.

Judges 2:20-23
And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and he said, Because that this people hath transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto my voice; …

turned

Amos 1:8
And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord GOD.

Zechariah 13:7
Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.









Verse 14. - I should soon have subdued (rather, I should won subdue) their enemies. Israel is still surrounded by enemies, anxious for his destruction. God could subdue them and sweep them away in a moment, if he pleased; and would do so, if Israel would repent and return to him. The appeal is to the living Israel - the Israel of the psalmist's time, which is given one more chance of triumph over its enemies. And turned my hand against their adversaries. Logically, the two clauses should have been inverted, since the subjugation of Israel's enemies would be the effect of God's hand being turned against them.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
how soon
כִּ֭מְעַט (kim·‘aṭ)
Preposition-k | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 4592: A little, fewness, a few

I would subdue
אַכְנִ֑יעַ (’aḵ·nî·a‘)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 3665: To bend the knee, to humiliate, vanquish

their enemies
אוֹיְבֵיהֶ֣ם (’ō·wy·ḇê·hem)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 341: Hating, an adversary

and turn
אָשִׁ֥יב (’ā·šîḇ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

My hand
יָדִֽי׃ (yā·ḏî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 3027: A hand

against
וְעַ֥ל (wə·‘al)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

their foes.
צָ֝רֵיהֶ֗ם (ṣā·rê·hem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 6862: Narrow, a tight place, a pebble, an opponent


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