New American Standard Bible
May all who hate Zion Be put to shame and turned backward;
King James Bible
Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.
Darby Bible Translation
Let them be ashamed and turned backward, all that hate Zion;
World English Bible
Let them be disappointed and turned backward, all those who hate Zion.
Young's Literal Translation
Confounded and turn backward do all hating Zion.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Let them all be confounded and turned back ... - This might be rendered in the indicative, "they are ashamed," but the connection seems to require the rendering in our version. It is a prayer that God would now interpose as he had done in former times, and that he would cause all the haters of Zion to be put to shame as formerly.
The piety of the Old Testament Church is reflected with more clearness and variety in the Psalter than in any other book of the Old Testament. It constitutes the response of the Church to the divine demands of prophecy, and, in a less degree, of law; or, rather, it expresses those emotions and aspirations of the universal heart which lie deeper than any formal demand. It is the speech of the soul face to face with God. Its words are as simple and unaffected as human words can be, for it is the genius …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life; Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me.
Let those be turned back because of their shame Who say, "Aha, aha!"
Let those who are adversaries of my soul be ashamed and consumed; Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor, who seek to injure me.
"And now many nations have been assembled against you Who say, 'Let her be polluted, And let our eyes gloat over Zion.'
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