Psalm 54:5
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New American Standard Bible
He will recompense the evil to my foes; Destroy them in Your faithfulness.

King James Bible
He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth.

Darby Bible Translation
He will requite evil to mine enemies: in thy truth cut them off.

World English Bible
He will repay the evil to my enemies. Destroy them in your truth.

Young's Literal Translation
Turn back doth the evil thing to mine enemies, In Thy truth cut them off.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

He shall reward evil unto mine enemies - Margin, "those that observe me." The original word here means literally "to twist, to twist together;" then, to press together; then, to "oppress," or to treat as an enemy. The reference here is to those who pressed upon him as enemies, or who endeavored to crush him. The idea is that God would recompense them for this conduct, or that he would deal with them as they deserved.

Cut them off in thy truth - In thy faithfulness; in thy regard for what is right. This is simply a prayer, or an expression of strong confidence, that God would deal with them as they deserved, or that he would not suffer such conduct to pass without a proper expression of his sense of the wrong. There is no evidence that David in this prayer was prompted by private or vindictive feeling.

Psalm 54:5 Parallel Commentaries

The Difference Between Union and Rapture. What Rapture Is. The Blessing it is to the Soul. The Effects of It.
1. I wish I could explain, with the help of God, wherein union differs from rapture, or from transport, or from flight of the spirit, as they speak, or from a trance, which are all one. [1] I mean, that all these are only different names for that one and the same thing, which is also called ecstasy. [2] It is more excellent than union, the fruits of it are much greater, and its other operations more manifold; for union is uniform in the beginning, the middle, and the end, and is so also interiorly.
Teresa of Avila—The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus

Cross References
Psalm 89:49
Where are Your former lovingkindnesses, O Lord, Which You swore to David in Your faithfulness?

Psalm 94:23
He has brought back their wickedness upon them And will destroy them in their evil; The LORD our God will destroy them.

Psalm 96:13
Before the LORD, for He is coming, For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness And the peoples in His faithfulness.

Psalm 109:20
Let this be the reward of my accusers from the LORD, And of those who speak evil against my soul.

Psalm 143:12
And in Your lovingkindness, cut off my enemies And destroy all those who afflict my soul, For I am Your servant.

Proverbs 13:21
Adversity pursues sinners, But the righteous will be rewarded with prosperity.

Isaiah 42:3
"A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.

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