Psalms 38:12

12 Those who want to kill me set their traps, those who would harm me talk of my ruin; all day long they scheme and lie.

Psalms 38:12 in Other Translations

KJV
12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.
ESV
12 Those who seek my life lay their snares; those who seek my hurt speak of ruin and meditate treachery all day long.
NLT
12 Meanwhile, my enemies lay traps to kill me. Those who wish me harm make plans to ruin me. All day long they plan their treachery.
MSG
12 My competitors blacken my name, devoutly they pray for my ruin.
CSB
12 Those who seek my life set traps, and those who want to harm me threaten to destroy me; they plot treachery all day long.

Psalms 38:12 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 38:12

They also that seek after my life
His avowed and implacable enemies, whom nothing would satisfy but the taking away of his life: these came too near him; for these, he says,

lay snares [for me],
as Satan does for the souls of men, as the Jews did for Christ, and as wicked men do for the saints, ( Psalms 124:7 ) ;

and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things;
to the injury of his character and reputation:

and imagine deceits all the day long;
contrive artful schemes to deceive; see ( Psalms 35:20 ) .

Psalms 38:12 In-Context

10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me; even the light has gone from my eyes.
11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds; my neighbors stay far away.
12 Those who want to kill me set their traps, those who would harm me talk of my ruin; all day long they scheme and lie.
13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear, like the mute, who cannot speak;
14 I have become like one who does not hear, whose mouth can offer no reply.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Psalms 31:4; Psalms 140:5; Psalms 141:9
  • 2. Psalms 35:4; Psalms 41:5; Psalms 54:3
  • 3. S Psalms 35:20