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Psalm 56:2 ASV
Mine enemies would swallow me up all the day long; For they are many that fight proudly against me.
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Psalm 56:2 BBE
My haters are ever ready to put an end to me; great numbers are lifting themselves up against me.
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Psalm 56:2 CEB
My attackers trample me all day long because I have so many enemies. Exalted one,
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Psalm 56:2 CJB
Those who are lying in wait for me would trample on me all day. For those fighting against me are many. Most High,
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Psalm 56:2 RHE
(55-3) My enemies have trodden on me all the day long; for they are many that make war against me.
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Psalm 56:2 ESV
my enemies trample on me all day long, for many attack me proudly.
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Psalm 56:2 GW
All day long my enemies spy on me. They harass me. There are so many fighting against me.
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Psalm 56:2 GNT
All day long my opponents attack me. There are so many who fight against me.
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Psalm 56:2 HNV
My enemies want to swallow me up all day long, For they are many who fight proudly against me.
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Psalm 56:2 CSB
My adversaries trample me all day, for many arrogantly fight against me.
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Psalm 56:2 KJV
Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.
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Psalm 56:2 LEB
My enemies trample all day, because many [are] attacking me proudly.
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Psalm 56:2 NAS
My foes have trampled upon me all day long, For they are many who fight proudly against me.
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Psalm 56:2 NCV
My enemies have chased me all day; there are many proud people fighting me.
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Psalm 56:2 NIRV
Those who tell lies about me chase me all day long. Many proud people are attacking me.
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Psalm 56:2 NIV
My slanderers pursue me all day long; many are attacking me in their pride.
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Psalm 56:2 NKJV
My enemies would hound me all day, For there are many who fight against me, O Most High.
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Psalm 56:2 NLT
My slanderers hound me constantly, and many are boldly attacking me.
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Psalm 56:2 NRS
my enemies trample on me all day long, for many fight against me. O Most High,
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Psalm 56:2 RSV
my enemies trample upon me all day long, for many fight against me proudly.
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Psalm 56:2 DBY
Mine enemies would swallow [me] up all the day long; for they are many that fight against me haughtily.
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Psalm 56:2 MSG
Not a day goes by but somebody beats me up; They make it their duty to beat me up.
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Psalm 56:2 WBT
My enemies would daily swallow [me] up: for [they are] many that fight against me, O thou Most High.
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Psalm 56:2 TMB
Mine enemies would daily swallow me up, for they are many that fight against me, O Thou Most High.
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Psalm 56:2 TNIV
My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me.
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Psalm 56:2 WEB
My enemies want to swallow me up all day long, For they are many who fight proudly against me.
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Psalm 56:2 WYC
Mine enemies defouled me all day; for many fighters were against me. (My enemies persecuted me all day long; yea, many fight against me.)
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Psalm 56:2 YLT
Mine enemies have swallowed up all the day, For many [are] fighting against me, O most High,
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Psalms 56 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 56

David seeks mercy from God, amidst the malice of his enemies. (1-7) He rests his faith on God's promises, and declares his obligation to praise him for mercies. (8-13)

Verses 1-7 Be merciful unto me, O God. This petition includes all the good for which we come to throne of grace. If we obtain mercy there, we need no more to make us happy. It implies likewise our best plea, not our merit, but God's mercy, his free, rich mercy. We may flee to, and trust the mercy of God, when surrounded on all sides by difficulties and dangers. His enemies were too hard for him, if God did not help him. He resolves to make God's promises the matter of his praises, and so we have reason to make them. As we must not trust an arm of flesh when engaged for us, so we must not be afraid of an arm of flesh when stretched out against us. The sin of sinners will never be their security. Who knows the power of God's anger; how high it can reach, how forcibly it can strike?

Verses 8-13 The heavy and continued trials through which many of the Lord's people have passed, should teach us to be silent and patient under lighter crosses. Yet we are often tempted to repine and despond under small sorrows. For this we should check ourselves. David comforts himself, in his distress and fear, that God noticed all his grievances and all his griefs. God has a bottle and a book for his people's tears, both the tears for their sins, and those for their afflictions. He observes them with tender concern. Every true believer may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and then I will not fear what man shall do unto me; for man has no power but what is given him from above. Thy vows are upon me, O Lord; not as a burden, but as that by which I am known to be thy servant; as a bridle that restrains me from what would be hurtful, and directs me in the way of my duty. And vows of thankfulness properly accompany prayers for mercy. If God deliver us from sin, either from doing it, or by his pardoning mercy, he has delivered our souls from death, which is the wages of sin. Where the Lord has begun a good work he will carry it on and perfect it. David hopes that God would keep him even from the appearance of sin. We should aim in all our desires and expectations of deliverance, both from sin and trouble, that we may do the better service to the Lord; that we may serve him without fear. If his grace has delivered our souls from the death of sin, he will bring us to heaven, to walk before him for ever in light.

Psalms 56 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

PSALM 56

Psalms 56:1-13 . Upon Jonath-elem-rechokim--literally, "upon the dove of silence" of distant places; either denoting a melody that name, to which this Psalm was to be performed; or it is an enigmatical form of denoting the subject, as given in the history referred to ( 1 Samuel 21:11 , &c.), David being regarded as an uncomplaining, meek dove, driven from his native home to wander in exile. Beset by domestic and foreign foes, David appeals confidently to God, recites his complaints, and closes with joyful and assured anticipations of God's continued help.

1, 2. would swallow--literally, "pants as a raging beast" ( Acts 9:1 ).

2. enemies--watchers ( Psalms 54:5 ).
most High--As it is not elsewhere used absolutely for God, some render the word here, arrogantly, or proudly, as qualifying "those who fight," &c.

3. in--or literally, "unto."
thee--to whom he turns in trouble.

4. in God . . . his word--By His grace or aid ( Psalms 60:12 , 108:13 ), or, "I will boast in God as to His word"; in either case His word is the special matter and cause of praise.
flesh--for mankind ( Psalms 65:2 , Isaiah 31:3 ), intimating frailty.

5, 6. A vivid picture of the conduct of malicious enemies.

7. Shall they escape? &c.--or better, "Their escape is by iniquity."
cast . . . people--humble those who so proudly oppose Thy servant.

8. God is mindful of his exile and remembers his tears. The custom of bottling the tears of mourners as a memorial, which has existed in some Eastern nations, may explain the figure.

9. God is for me--or, "on my side" ( Psalms 118:6 , Psalms 124:1 Psalms 124:2 ); hence he is sure of the repulse of his foes.

12. I will render praises--will pay what I have vowed.

13. The question implies an affirmative answer, drawn from past experience.
falling--as from a precipice.
before God--in His favor during life.