Psalms 54:5

5 Let evil recoil on those who slander me; in your faithfulness destroy them.

Psalms 54:5 in Other Translations

5 He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth.
5 He will return the evil to my enemies; in your faithfulness put an end to them.
5 May the evil plans of my enemies be turned against them. Do as you promised and put an end to them.
5 Evil is looping back on my enemies. Don't let up! Finish them off!
5 He will repay my adversaries for [their] evil. Because of Your faithfulness, annihilate them.

Psalms 54:5 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 54:5

He shall reward evil unto mine enemies
That eyed him as Saul did; that observed his haunts, where he resorted, and who were with him, as the Ziphites did under Saul's direction; as the Word F13 here used for "enemies" signifies: the mischief they had devised for him, he believed, would be returned upon their own heads; the pit they digged they would fall into themselves; and the net they had spread for others their own feet would be taken in. This was true as of David's enemies, so of Christ's, the wicked Jews, who narrowly watched him to take every advantage against him;

cut them off in thy truth;
root and branch, as Saul, and his family, and his courtiers, quickly were, according to the truth of promises made to David, and of threatenings unto them.


F13 (yrrvl) "observatoribus meis", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Michaelis.

Psalms 54:5 In-Context

3 Arrogant foes are attacking me; ruthless people are trying to kill me— people without regard for God.
4 Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.
5 Let evil recoil on those who slander me; in your faithfulness destroy them.
6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you; I will praise your name, LORD, for it is good.
7 You have delivered me from all my troubles, and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 32:35; Psalms 94:23; Proverbs 24:12
  • 2. Psalms 89:49; Psalms 143:12; Isaiah 42:3
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