Psalm 9:20
New International Version
Strike them with terror, LORD; let the nations know they are only mortal.

New Living Translation
Make them tremble in fear, O LORD. Let the nations know they are merely human. Interlude

English Standard Version
Put them in fear, O LORD! Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah

Berean Study Bible
Lay terror upon them, O LORD; let the nations know they are but men. Selah

New American Standard Bible
Put them in fear, O LORD; Let the nations know that they are but men. Selah.

King James Bible
Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

Christian Standard Bible
Put terror in them, LORD; let the nations know they are only humans. Selah

Contemporary English Version
Make the nations afraid and let them all discover just how weak they are.

Good News Translation
Make them afraid, O LORD; make them know that they are only mortal beings.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Put terror in them, LORD; let the nations know they are only men. Selah

International Standard Version
Make them afraid, LORD, Let the nations know that they are only human. Interlude

NET Bible
Terrify them, LORD! Let the nations know they are mere mortals! (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
Put them in fear, LORD. Let the nations know that they are only men. Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Establish a lawgiver for them, who shall instruct the nations that they are children of men.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Strike them with terror, O LORD. Let the nations know that they are [only] mortal. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
Set terror over them, O LORD; Let the nations know they are but men. Selah

New American Standard 1977
Put them in fear, O LORD; Let the nations know that they are but men. Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Put fear into them, O LORD: that the Gentiles may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

American King James Version
Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

American Standard Version
Put them in fear, O Jehovah: Let the nations know themselves to be but men. Selah

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Appoint, O Lord, a lawgiver over them: let the heathen know that they are men. Pause.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Appoint, O Lord, a lawgiver over them: that the Gentiles may know themselves to be but men.

Darby Bible Translation
Put them in fear, Jehovah: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

English Revised Version
Put them in fear, O LORD: let the nations know themselves to be but men. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

World English Bible
Put them in fear, Yahweh. Let the nations know that they are only men. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Appoint, O Jehovah, a director to them, Let nations know they are men! Selah.
Study Bible
I Will Give Thanks to the LORD
19Rise up, O LORD, let not man prevail; let the nations be judged in Your presence. 20Lay terror upon them, O LORD; let the nations know they are but men. Selah
Cross References
Psalm 14:5
There they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is in the company of the righteous.

Psalm 62:9
Lowborn men are but a vapor; the exalted but a lie. Weighed on the scale, they are pushed up; together they are but a breath.

Ezekiel 28:2
"Son of man, tell the ruler of Tyre that this is what the Lord GOD says: 'Your heart is proud, and you have said, "I am a god; I sit in the seat of gods in the heart of the sea." Yet you are a man and not a god, though you have regarded your heart as that of a god.

Treasury of Scripture

Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

Put

Psalm 76:12
He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.

Exodus 15:16
Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased.

Exodus 23:27
I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee.

may

Psalm 82:6,7
I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High…

Isaiah 31:3
Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.

Ezekiel 28:2,9
Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God: …







Lexicon
Lay
שִׁ֘יתָ֤ה (šî·ṯāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7896: To put, set

terror
מוֹרָ֗ה (mō·w·rāh)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4172: Fear, a fearful thing, deed

upon them, [O LORD];
יְהוָ֨ה ׀ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3069: YHWH

let the nations
גוֹיִ֑ם (ḡō·w·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1471: A foreign nation, a Gentile, a troop of animals, a flight of locusts

know
יֵדְע֥וּ (yê·ḏə·‘ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

they
לָ֫הֶ֥ם (lā·hem)
Preposition-l | Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1992: They

are but men.
אֱנ֖וֹשׁ (’ĕ·nō·wōš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 582: Man, mankind

Selah
סֶּֽלָה׃ (se·lāh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 5542: Suspension, pause
(20) Put them in fear.--There is a difficulty about the reading. The LXX., Vulg., and Syriac read "place a lawgiver or master over them." So Syriac, "law." Hitzig conjectures, "set a guard upon them." With the present reading apparently the rendering should be, put a terror upon them: i.e., "give such a proof of power as to trouble and subdue them."

Verse 20. - Put them in fear, O Lord; literally, set fear to them; i.e. "make them afraid," either by striking a panic terror into them, as into the Syrians when they had brought Samaria to the last gasp (2 Kings 7:6, 7), or by causing them calmly to review the situation, and to see how dangerous it was to assail God's people (2 Kings 6:23). That the nations may know themselves to be but men. May recognize, i.e., their weakness; may remember that they are enosh - mere weak, frail, sickly, perishing mortals. Selah. Here this word occurs for the second time at the end of a psalm (see above, Psalm 3:8) - a position which militates against the idea of its signifying "a pause," since there must always have been a pause at the end of every psalm.



9:11-20 Those who believe that God is greatly to be praised, not only desire to praise him better themselves, but desire that others may join with them. There is a day coming, when it will appear that he has not forgotten the cry of the humble; neither the cry of their blood, or the cry of their prayers. We are never brought so low, so near to death, but God can raise us up. If he has saved us from spiritual and eternal death, we may thence hope, that in all our distresses he will be a very present help to us. The overruling providence of God frequently so orders it, that persecutors and oppressors are brought to ruin by the projects they formed to destroy the people of God. Drunkards kill themselves; prodigals beggar themselves; the contentious bring mischief upon themselves: thus men's sins may be read in their punishment, and it becomes plain to all, that the destruction of sinners is of themselves. All wickedness came originally with the wicked one from hell; and those who continue in sin, must go to that place of torment. The true state, both of nations and of individuals, may be correctly estimated by this one rule, whether in their doings they remember or forget God. David encourages the people of God to wait for his salvation, though it should be long deferred. God will make it appear that he never did forget them: it is not possible he should. Strange that man, dust in his and about him, should yet need some sharp affliction, some severe visitation from God, to bring him to the knowledge of himself, and make him feel who and what he is.
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