Psalms 56:6

6 They gather together, They hide, they mark my steps, When they lie in wait for my life.

Psalms 56:6 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 56:6

They gather themselves together
And meet in some one place, to contrive ways and means to do hurt, and then assemble together again to put them in execution; as did the Jews with respect to Christ, ( Matthew 26:3 Matthew 26:4 ) ( Acts 4:27 Acts 4:28 ) . Aben Ezra supposes a various reading without any reason; and that, instead of (wrwgy) which Jarchi renders "they lodge", and the Septuagint, and the versions following that, "they sojourn", it should be read (wdwgy) , "they assemble in troops": because they were many: but the sense is, "they stay" F24, or continue in some certain place:

they hide themselves;
the Targum adds, "in ambush": they lay in wait, and caused others to lie in wait for him, in order to take him; as did Saul and his men, and the servants of the king of Gath;

they mark my steps;
they observed where he went, that they might seize him; or they observed his heels, as the old serpent did the Messiah's, that he might bruise them; or they watched for his halting, as Jeremiah's familiars did for his;

when they wait for my soul;
to take away his life, to destroy him; see ( Psalms 119:95 ) ; they wanted not a will to do it, they only waited for an opportunity. The Targum is,

``as they waited, they did to my soul:''

or rather, "after they had hoped for my soul" F25: when they had entertained hopes of taking him, this animated them to do the above things.


F24 "Commorabuntur", Montanus; "simul ipsi morantur", Vatablus; so Gussetius, p. 166.
F25 Vid. Gusset. Ebr. Comment. p. 361.

Psalms 56:6 In-Context

4 In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?
5 All day they twist my words; All their thoughts are against me for evil.
6 They gather together, They hide, they mark my steps, When they lie in wait for my life.
7 Shall they escape by iniquity? In anger cast down the peoples, O God!
8 You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?
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