Psalm 55:5
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English Standard Version
Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me.

King James Bible
Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.

American Standard Version
Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, And horror hath overwhelmed me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Fear and trembling are come upon me: and darkness hath covered me.

English Revised Version
Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

(Heb.: 54:6-9) In this second half, the poet, in the certainty of being heard, rejoices in help, and makes a vow of thanksgiving. The בּ of בּסמכי is not meant to imply that God is one out of many who upheld his threatened life; but rather that He comes within the category of such, and fills it up in Himself alone, cf. Psalm 118:7; and for the origin of this Beth essentiae, Psalm 99:6, Judges 11:35. In Psalm 54:7 the Kerמ merits the preference over the Chethמb (evil shall "revert" to my spies), which would at least require על instead of ל (cf. Psalm 7:17). Concerning שׁררי, vid., on Psalm 27:11. In the rapid transition to invocation in Psalm 54:7 the end of the Psalm announces itself. The truth of God is not described as an instrumental agent of the cutting off, but as an impelling cause. It is the same Beth as in the expression בּנדבה (Numbers 15:3): by or out of free impulse. These free-will sacrifices are not spiritual here in opposition to the ritual sacrifices (Psalm 50:14), but ritual as an outward representation of the spiritual. The subject of הצּילני is the Name of God; the post-biblical language, following Leviticus 24:11, calls God straightway השּׁם, and passages like Isaiah 30:27 and the one before us come very near to this usage. The praeterites mention the ground of the thanksgiving. What David now still hopes for will then lie behind him in the past. The closing line, v. 9b, recalls Psalm 35:21, cf. Psalm 59:11; Psalm 92:12; the invoking of the curse upon his enemies in v. 8 recalls Psalm 17:13; Psalm 56:8; Psalm 59:12.; and the vow of thanksgiving in v. 8 recalls Psalm 22:26; Psalm 35:18; Psalm 40:10.

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Fearfulness

Psalm 119:120 My flesh trembles for fear of you; and I am afraid of your judgments.

2 Samuel 15:14 And David said to all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom...

Job 6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinks up my spirit...

Job 23:15,16 Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him...

horror

Psalm 42:6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember you from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites...

Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry to you, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Psalm 88:15,16 I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer your terrors I am distracted...

Luke 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

overwhelmed [heb.] covered

Cross References
Job 21:6
When I remember, I am dismayed, and shuddering seizes my flesh.

Psalm 56:3
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

Psalm 119:120
My flesh trembles for fear of you, and I am afraid of your judgments.

Isaiah 21:4
My heart staggers; horror has appalled me; the twilight I longed for has been turned for me into trembling.

Ezekiel 7:18
They put on sackcloth, and horror covers them. Shame is on all faces, and baldness on all their heads.

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