Psalms 21:11

11 Though they intend to harm[a] you and devise a wicked plan, they will not prevail.

Psalms 21:11 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 21:11

For they intended evil against thee
All evil, whether in thought or deed, if not immediately and directly, yet is ultimately against the Lord, whose law is transgressed, and who is despised and reflected upon as a lawgiver; all sin is an hostility committed against God, or against Christ, against the Lord and his Anointed, or against his people, who are all one as himself: the intention of evil is evil, and is cognizable by the Lord, and punishable by him:

they imagined a mischievous device, [which] they are not able [to
not the death of Christ; that was indeed in itself a mischievous device of theirs, but that they performed, though they had not their end in it; they expected his name would then perish, and they should hear no more of him: but rather it respects his resurrection from the dead, they could not prevent, though they took all imaginable care that them might be no show of it; and when they found he was really raised from the dead, they contrived a wicked scheme to stop the credit of it, but in vain, ( Matthew 27:63-66 ) ( 28:12-14 ) ; and Jews and Gentiles, and Papists, have formed schemes and done all they can to root the Gospel, cause, and interest of Christ, out of the world, but have not been able to perform it.

Psalms 21:11 In-Context

9 You will make them [burn] like a fiery furnace when you appear; the Lord will engulf them in His wrath, and fire will devour them.
10 You will wipe their descendants from the earth and their offspring from the human race.
11 Though they intend to harm you and devise a wicked plan, they will not prevail.
12 Instead, you will put them to flight when you aim your bow at their faces.
13 Be exalted, Lord, in Your strength; we will sing and praise Your might.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Lit they stretch out evil against
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