Psalms 64:4

4 They shoot from ambush at the innocent; they shoot suddenly, without fear.

Psalms 64:4 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
4 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
English Standard Version (ESV)
4 shooting from ambush at the blameless, shooting at him suddenly and without fear.
New Living Translation (NLT)
4 They shoot from ambush at the innocent, attacking suddenly and fearlessly.
The Message Bible (MSG)
4 They shoot from ambush, shoot without warning, not caring who they hit.
American Standard Version (ASV)
4 That they may shoot in secret places at the perfect: Suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
4 to shoot at innocent people from their hiding places. They shoot at them suddenly, without any fear.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
4 shooting from concealed places at the innocent. They shoot at him suddenly and are not afraid.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
4 They shoot from their hiding places at people who aren't guilty of doing anything wrong. They shoot quickly. They aren't afraid of being caught.

Psalms 64:4 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 64:4

That they may shoot in secret at the perfect
Meaning himself, who though not without sin, and far from perfection in himself, in the sight of God and with respect to his righteous law, which was exceeding broad; and therefore he saw an end of all perfection, and desired that God would not enter into judgment with him; but yet, in the case of Saul, he was quite clear and innocent, and without fault. Likewise the Messiah, of whom David was a type, may be meant; who has all the perfections of the divine and human nature in him, and is without sin, holy, harmless, pure, and undefiled: and it may be applied to the church and people of God, who, though they are not perfect in themselves, far from it, sin being in them, and their graces weak; unless it be in a comparative sense; yet they are perfect in Christ Jesus, their souls being clothed with his righteousness, and so are the spirits of just men made perfect. And this character may also respect the truth and sincerity of grace in them, and the uprightness of their hearts and conversation; and such as these wicked men level their arrows at, and direct their spite and venom against, and that in the most private and secret manner;

suddenly do they shoot at him;
as unseen by him, so unawares to him;

and fear not;
neither God nor judgment to come. Though some understand this of the perfect who, though shot at in this manner are intrepid and courageous, and have no fear of their enemies; but the former sense seems best, which describes persons that neither fear God, nor regard man.

Psalms 64:4 In-Context

2 Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from the plots of evildoers.
3 They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.
4 They shoot from ambush at the innocent; they shoot suddenly, without fear.
5 They encourage each other in evil plans, they talk about hiding their snares; they say, “Who will see it ?”
6 They plot injustice and say, “We have devised a perfect plan!” Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Job 9:23; Psalms 10:8; Psalms 11:2
  • 2. S Psalms 55:19
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