Psalms 21:11

11 Though they plot evil against you and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed.

Psalms 21:11 in Other Translations

KJV
11 For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.
ESV
11 Though they plan evil against you, though they devise mischief, they will not succeed.
NLT
11 Although they plot against you, their evil schemes will never succeed.
MSG
11 All their evil schemes, the plots they cook up, have fizzled - every one.
CSB
11 Though they intend to harm 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
perform];
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 When you appear for battle, you will burn them up as in a blazing furnace. The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath, and his fire will consume them.
10 You will destroy their descendants from the earth, their posterity from mankind.
11 Though they plot evil against you and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed.
12 You will make them turn their backs when you aim at them with drawn bow.
13 Be exalted in your strength, LORD; we will sing and praise your might.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 2:1
  • 2. Job 10:3; Psalms 10:2; Psalms 26:10; Psalms 37:7