New International Version
They have tracked me down, they now surround me, with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
King James Bible
They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth;
Darby Bible Translation
They have now encompassed us in our steps; their eyes have they set, bowing down to the earth.
World English Bible
They have now surrounded us in our steps. They set their eyes to cast us down to the earth.
Young's Literal Translation
Our steps now have compassed him;' Their eyes they set to turn aside in the land.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They have now compassed us in our steps - Instead of אשרנו ashshurenu, "our steps," Dr. Kennicott and others recommend אשרינו ashreynu, "O lucky we, at last we have compassed him." He cannot now escape; he is sure to fall into our hands.
They have set their eyes bowing down to the earth - All the commentators and critics have missed the very expressive and elegant metaphor contained in this clause. Kennicott says, They drove the hart into toils, and then shot him. Bishop Horsley says, on the clause, They have set their eyes bowing down to the earth: "This is the attitude of huntsmen, taking aim at an animal upon the ground." No, it is the attitude of the huntsmen looking for the slot, or track of the hart's, hind's, or antelope's foot on the ground. See at the conclusion of the Psalm.
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'I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness.' --PSALM xvii. 15. 'As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when Thou awakest, Thou shalt despise their image.'--PSALM lxxiii. 20. Both of these Psalms are occupied with that standing puzzle to Old Testament worthies--the good fortune of bad men, and the bad fortune of good ones. The former recounts the personal calamities of David, its author. The latter gives us the picture of the perplexity of Asaph its writer, when he 'saw the prosperity …
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Out of the Deep of Fear and Anxiety.
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Second Sunday Before Lent
"When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.
The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright.
The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, intent on putting them to death;
They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life.
All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me.
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