Psalm 64:7
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English Standard Version
But God shoots his arrow at them; they are wounded suddenly.

King James Bible
But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.

American Standard Version
But God will shoot at them; With an arrow suddenly shall they be wounded.

Douay-Rheims Bible
and God shall be exalted. The arrows of children are their wounds:

English Revised Version
But God shall shoot at them; with an arrow suddenly shall they be wounded.

Webster's Bible Translation
But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.

Psalm 64:7 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The Psalm opens with an octostich, and closes in the same way. The infinitive noun שׂיח signifies a complaint, expressed not by the tones of pain, but in words. The rendering of the lxx (here and in Psalm 55:3) is too general, ἐν τῷ θέεσθαί με. The "terror" of the enemy is that proceeding from him (gen. obj. as in Deuteronomy 2:15, and frequently). The generic singular אויב is at once particularized in a more detailed description with the use of the plural. סוד is a club or clique; רגשׁה (Targumic equals המון, e.g., Ezekiel 30:10) a noisy crowd. The perfects after אשׁר affirm that which they now do as they have before done; cf. Psalm 140:4 and Psalm 58:8, where, as in this passage, the treading or bending of the bow is transferred to the arrow. דּבר מר is the interpretation added to the figure, as in Psalm 144:7. That which is bitter is called מר, root מר, stringere, from the harsh astringent taste; here it is used tropically of speech that wounds and inflicts pain (after the manner of an arrow or a stiletto), πικροὶ λόγοι. With the Kal לירות (Psalm 11:2) alternates the Hiph. ירהוּ. With פּתאם the description takes a new start. ולא ייראוּ, forming an assonance with the preceding word, means that they do it without any fear whatever, and therefore also without fear of God (Psalm 55:20; Psalm 25:18).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

God

Psalm 7:12,13 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he has bent his bow, and made it ready...

Psalm 18:14 Yes, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightning, and discomfited them.

Deuteronomy 32:23,42 I will heap mischiefs on them; I will spend my arrows on them...

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

Lamentations 3:12,13 He has bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow...

suddenly

Psalm 64:4 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

Psalm 73:19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

Proverbs 6:15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.

Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

Isaiah 30:13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall...

Matthew 24:40,50,51 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left...

1 Thessalonians 5:2,3 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night...

shall they be wounded. or, [heb.] their wound shall be

1 Kings 22:34 And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness...

1 Chronicles 10:3-7 And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him, and he was wounded of the archers...

Cross References
Psalm 7:12
If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow;

Psalm 7:13
he has prepared for him his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts.

Psalm 55:15
Let death steal over them; let them go down to Sheol alive; for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.

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