Psalms 7:12

12 If he does not relent, he[a] will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.

Psalms 7:12 in Other Translations

12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.
12 If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow;
12 If a person does not repent, God will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.
12 God is already in action - Sword honed on his whetstone, bow strung, arrow on the string,
12 If anyone does not repent, God will sharpen His sword; He has strung His bow and made it ready.

Psalms 7:12 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 7:12

If he turn not
Not God, but the enemy, or the wicked man, spoken of ( Psalms 7:5 Psalms 7:9 Psalms 7:11 ) ; if he turn not from his wicked course of life, to the Lord to live to him, and according to his will; unless he is converted and repents of his sin, and there is a change wrought in him, in his heart and life; the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions read, "if ye turn not", or "are not converted", an apostrophe to the wicked;

he will whet his sword:
God is a man of war, and he is sometimes represented as accoutred with military weapons; see ( Isaiah 59:17 Isaiah 59:18 ) ; and among the rest with the sword of judgment, which he may be said to whet, when he prepares sharp and sore judgments for his enemies, ( Isaiah 27:1 ) ( Deuteronomy 32:41 ) ;

he hath bent his bow, and made it ready;
drawn his bow of vengeance, and put it on the full stretch, and made it ready with the arrows of his wrath, levelled against the wicked, with whom he is angry; which is expressive of their speedy and inevitable ruin, in case of impenitence; see ( Lamentations 2:4 ) ( Lamentations 3:12 Lamentations 3:13 ) ; or "trod his bow", as is the usual phrase elsewhere; see ( Psalms 11:2 ) ( Lamentations 2:4 ) ( 3:12 ) ; which was done by the feet, and was necessary when the bow was a strong one, as Jarchi on ( Psalms 11:2 ) ; observes; and so the Arabs, as Suidas F7 relates, using arrows the length of a man, put their feet on the string of the bow instead of their hands.


F7 In voce (arabev) .

Psalms 7:12 In-Context

10 My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day.
12 If he does not relent, he will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.
13 He has prepared his deadly weapons; he makes ready his flaming arrows.
14 Whoever is pregnant with evil conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Ezekiel 3:19; Ezekiel 33:9
  • 2. S Deuteronomy 32:41
  • 3. S 2 Samuel 22:35; Psalms 21:12; Isaiah 5:28; Isaiah 13:18

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "If anyone does not repent," / "God"
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