Psalms 17:13

13 Rise up, LORD, confront them, bring them down; with your sword rescue me from the wicked.

Psalms 17:13 in Other Translations

13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:
13 Arise, O LORD! Confront him, subdue him! Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword,
13 Arise, O LORD ! Stand against them, and bring them to their knees! Rescue me from the wicked with your sword!
13 Up, God: beard them! break them! By your sword, free me from their clutches;
13 Rise up, Lord! Confront him; bring him down. With Your sword, save me from the wicked.

Psalms 17:13 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 17:13

Arise, O Lord
See ( Psalms 3:7 ) ( 7:6 ) ( 9:19 ) ( 10:12 ) ;

disappoint him,
or "prevent his face" F11; be beforehand with him, and so disappoint him, when he is about to seize his prey; who is comparable to the lion, or to the young lion; meaning the chief of his enemies, it may be Saul;

cast him down;
everyone of them that set themselves to cast down others to the earth. Jarchi's note is,

``cut off his feet,''

that he may bow down and fall;

deliver my soul from the wicked, [which is] thy sword;
so Jarchi, Aben Ezra, Kimchi, and Ben Melech, render the words; that is, from wicked men, whom God makes use of as instruments to afflict and chastise his people: so the Assyrian monarch is called the "rod" of his anger, with whom he scourged his people Israel, ( Isaiah 10:5 ) . Compare with this ( Psalms 22:20 ) . The words are rendered by some, "deliver my soul from the wicked by thy swords" F12; meaning not the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God by which Christ was delivered from the wicked one, when tempted by him in the wilderness; but the avenging justice of God, the sword of the Lord, which, being whetted and taken hold on, and used by him, brings vengeance on his enemies, and salvation to his people; see ( Deuteronomy 32:41 ) ( Isaiah 27:1 ) ( Jeremiah 47:6 Jeremiah 47:7 ) . The Targum paraphrases the clause thus,

``deliver my soul from the wicked, who deserves to be slain by thy sword.''


F11 (wynp hmdq) "praeveni faciem ejus", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus, Musculus, Gejerus; "anticipa faciem ejus", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.
F12 (Kbrx evrm) "gladio tuo ab improbis", Junius & Tremellius; Gejerus; so Ainsworth.

Psalms 17:13 In-Context

11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me, with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like a lion hungry for prey, like a fierce lion crouching in cover.
13 Rise up, LORD, confront them, bring them down; with your sword rescue me from the wicked.
14 By your hand save me from such people, LORD, from those of this world whose reward is in this life. May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies; may their children gorge themselves on it, and may there be leftovers for their little ones.
15 As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Numbers 10:35
  • 2. Psalms 7:12; Psalms 22:20; Psalms 35:8; Psalms 55:23; Psalms 73:18
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