Psalms 55:5

5 Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me.

Psalms 55:5 in Other Translations

KJV
5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.
ESV
5 Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me.
NLT
5 Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking.
MSG
5 I shake with fear, I shudder from head to foot.
CSB
5 Fear and trembling grip me; horror has overwhelmed me.

Psalms 55:5 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 55:5

Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me
Fear and dread of mind, and trembling of body;

and horror hath overwhelmed me;
or "covered me"; he was in the utmost consternation and surprise at what he apprehended would be the issue of things; so Christ in the garden is said to be "sore amazed", ( Mark 14:33 ) ; all which terror, fearfulness, trembling, and horror, arose from a sense of sin imputed to him, even of all the sins of his people, the faith of which must be nauseous to him, and the guilt thereof pressing upon him; and from a feeling of the wrath of God, and the curse of the law, which he endured in the room and stead of his people; and this shows the truth of his human nature, and the weakness and insufficiency of that, without his divine nature, to have performed the great work of redemption; also the evil of sin, the exceeding sinfulness of it, and the strictness of divine justice; and likewise the wonderful love of Christ in becoming a surety for his people, and what ease and pleasure they may take; all the pain, the trembling, and horror, were his, and all the joy is theirs.

Psalms 55:5 In-Context

3 because of what my enemy is saying, because of the threats of the wicked; for they bring down suffering on me and assail me in their anger.
4 My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen on me.
5 Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me.
6 I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.
7 I would flee far away and stay in the desert;

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Job 4:14; S 2 Corinthians 7:15; Job 21:6; Psalms 119:120
  • 2. Deuteronomy 28:67; Isaiah 21:4; Jeremiah 46:5; Jeremiah 49:5; Ezekiel 7:18