Psalms 140:10

10 May burning coals fall on them; may they be thrown into the fire, into miry pits, never to rise.

Psalms 140:10 in Other Translations

KJV
10 Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again.
ESV
10 Let burning coals fall upon them! Let them be cast into fire, into miry pits, no more to rise!
NLT
10 Let burning coals fall down on their heads. Let them be thrown into the fire or into watery pits from which they can’t escape.
MSG
10 Let God pile hellfire on them, let him bury them alive in crevasses!
CSB
10 Let hot coals fall on them. Let them be thrown into the fire, into the abyss, never again to rise.

Psalms 140:10 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 140:10

Let burning coals fall upon them
From heaven, as the Targum, Aben Ezra, and Kimchi, by way of explanation; alluding to the burning of Sodom and Gomorrah with fire from thence: and may design both the terrible judgments of God in this life, and everlasting burnings in hell; so Jarchi interprets it of the coals of hell; see ( Psalms 11:6 ) ( Psalms 18:8 Psalms 18:12 Psalms 18:13 ) ( Psalms 120:3 Psalms 120:4 ) ;

let them be cast into the fire;
into the fire of divine wrath, and have severe punishment inflicted on them in this world; and into the fire of hell hereafter, as the Targum, which is unquenchable and everlasting; and into which all wicked men, carnal professors, the followers of antichrist, the devil and his angels, will be cast: of the phrase of casting into hell, see ( Matthew 5:29 Matthew 5:30 ) ( Mark 9:45 Mark 9:47 ) ;

into deep pits, that they rise not up again;
meaning either the grave, the pit of corruption; from whence the wicked will not rise to eternal life, as the Targum adds, for though they will rise again, it will be to everlasting shame and damnation, ( Daniel 12:2 ) ( John 5:28 John 5:29 ) ; or else the pit of hell, the bottomless pit, from whence there will be no deliverance; where they must lie till the uttermost farthing is paid, and that will be for ever. Arama refers this to Korah, who was burnt and swallowed up, and rose not again in Israel.

Psalms 140:10 In-Context

8 Do not grant the wicked their desires, LORD; do not let their plans succeed.
9 Those who surround me proudly rear their heads; may the mischief of their lips engulf them.
10 May burning coals fall on them; may they be thrown into the fire, into miry pits, never to rise.
11 May slanderers not be established in the land; may disaster hunt down the violent.
12 I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Psalms 11:6; Psalms 21:9; S Matthew 3:10; Luke 12:49; Revelation 20:15