Psalms 21:8

8 Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies; your right hand will seize your foes.

Psalms 21:8 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
8 Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee.
English Standard Version (ESV)
8 Your hand will find out all your enemies; your right hand will find out those who hate you.
New Living Translation (NLT)
8 You will capture all your enemies. Your strong right hand will seize all who hate you.
The Message Bible (MSG)
8 With a fistful of enemies in one hand and a fistful of haters in the other,
American Standard Version (ASV)
8 Thy hand will find out all thine enemies; Thy right hand will find out those that hate thee.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
8 Your hand will discover all your enemies. Your powerful hand will find all who hate you.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
8 Your hand will capture all your enemies; your right hand will seize those who hate you.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
8 You, the king, will capture all of your enemies. Your right hand will take hold of them.

Psalms 21:8 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 21:8

Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies
The Jews, that would not have him to reign over them, who crucified him and persecuted his apostles; the Gentiles, who were also concerned in his death; the Roman emperors, who persecuted the Christians, and are signified by the red dragon that waited to devour the man child when brought forth by the woman, the church, ( Revelation 12:3 Revelation 12:4 ) ; and also the Papists, the followers of the man of sin, who oppose Christ in his offices and grace, and are the enemies of his witnesses, and of his interest; and besides these there are many professors of religion who are enemies of Christ, either doctrinally or practically; to whom may be added, the devil and his angels, and all those who are the children of him and are influenced by him: these the hand of Christ will find out sooner or later; for the words are an address to the King Messiah, who being omniscient knows where all his enemies are, and where to find them; and being omnipotent he will lay hold upon them, and hold them, and none shall escape from him; his hand of vengeance shall fall upon them, and he shall inflict righteous and deserved punishment on them; and this shall be the case of "all" of them, none will be able to hide themselves in secret places from him. This has been in part verified in the Jewish nation at the destruction of Jerusalem, when wrath came upon that people to the uttermost for their treatment of the Messiah; and in the Pagan empire, when it was demolished, and kings and great men in vain called to the rocks and mountains to hide them from the wrath of the Lamb, ( Revelation 6:15-17 ) ; and will have a further accomplishment in the antichristian states and kingdoms, when the vials of God's wrath shall be poured out upon them; and especially at the battle of Armageddon, when Christ will avenge himself, and get rid of all his enemies at once; and will have its final accomplishment in all wicked men and devils at the day of judgment, when all Christ's enemies will be found out by him, whether open or secret, and receive their just punishment;

thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee;
this is the same with the former clause, and is repeated for the further certainty and greater confirmation of the thing; and "the right hand" is mentioned as expressive of the mighty power of the Lord. The Chaldee paraphrase renders it, "the vengeance of thy right hand".

Psalms 21:8 In-Context

6 Surely you have granted him unending blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
7 For the king trusts in the LORD; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken.
8 Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies; your right hand will seize your foes.
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.

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