Psalms 41:5

5 My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die and his name perish?”

Psalms 41:5 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
5 Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish?
English Standard Version (ESV)
5 My enemies say of me in malice, "When will he die, and his name perish?"
New Living Translation (NLT)
5 But my enemies say nothing but evil about me. “How soon will he die and be forgotten?” they ask.
The Message Bible (MSG)
5 My enemies are wishing the worst for me; they make bets on what day I will die.
American Standard Version (ASV)
5 Mine enemies speak evil against me, [saying], When will he die, and his name perish?
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
5 My enemies say terrible things about me: "When will he die, and when will his family name disappear?"
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
5 My enemies speak maliciously about me: "When will he die and be forgotten?"
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
5 My enemies are saying bad things about me. They say, "When will he die and be forgotten?"

Psalms 41:5 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 41:5

Mine enemies speak evil of me
That is, the Jews, who were enemies to his person, people, doctrines and ordinances, and would not have him to reign over them; these spake evil of him, charged him with being a glutton and a winebibber; said he had a devil, and was a Samaritan; imputed his miracles to diabolical influence; branded his doctrine with blasphemy, and spoke against his religion and worship, and wished him ill, saying,

when shall he die;
they had a good will to assassinate him privately, but upon mature deliberation they consulted and determined to take what advantage they could against him, and deliver him up to the Roman governor; they feared, should he go on and succeed, through his doctrines and miracles, as he did, it would go ill with them; and they concluded, could he be brought to death, it would clearly appear to the common people that he was not the Messiah; though this was the very thing he came into the world for, and which he himself was very desirous of; because hereby, and hereby only, the salvation of his people could be brought about; and though this was a thing foretold in prophecy, yet it seems as if Christ's enemies the Jews, and Satan himself, were ignorant of it, and of its virtue and use to save men; however, though it was an ill wish in them, it was well for us that he did die, though the consequence is not as they wished;

and his name perish?
that is, the fame of his doctrine and miracles, the memory of him and his worthy deeds, particularly his Gospel, which so fully expresses the glory of his person and grace; yea, he himself, for they hoped that upon his death he would come into general disgrace, that his name would never be mentioned but with reproach, that his Gospel would be no more preached, and that he would be accursed of God and men: in all which they were sadly disappointed; for, upon his resurrection from the dead, he had a name given him above every name; his memory became precious to thousands; an ordinance was appointed to remember him to the end of the world in all his churches; his Gospel was ordered to be preached to all the world, as it was; and he himself is blessed for evermore.

Psalms 41:5 In-Context

3 The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.
4 I said, “Have mercy on me, LORD; heal me, for I have sinned against you.”
5 My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die and his name perish?”
6 When one of them comes to see me, he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander; then he goes out and spreads it around.
7 All my enemies whisper together against me; they imagine the worst for me, saying,

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