Psalm 21:12
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New International Version
You will make them turn their backs when you aim at them with drawn bow.

King James Bible
Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make ready thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them.

Darby Bible Translation
For thou wilt make them turn their back; thou wilt make ready thy bowstring against their face.

World English Bible
For you will make them turn their back, when you aim drawn bows at their face.

Young's Literal Translation
For Thou makest them a butt, When Thy strings Thou preparest against their faces.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back - God can in a moment strike the most powerful and numerous army, even in the moment of victory, with panic; and then even the lame, the army which they had nearly routed, shall take the prey, and divide the spoil.

Against the face of them - Thou shalt cause them to turn their backs and fly, as if a volley of arrows had been discharged in their faces. This seems to be the sense of this difficult verse.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Psalm 9:3 When my enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at your presence.

Psalm 44:10 You make us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves.

Psalm 56:9 When I cry to you, then shall my enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.

make. or, set them as a butt

Job 7:20 I have sinned; what shall I do to you, O you preserver of men? why have you set me as a mark against you...

Job 16:12,13 I was at ease, but he has broken me asunder: he has also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark...

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

back [heb.] shoulder
thou shalt

Psalm 7:13 He has also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordains his arrows against the persecutors.

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

Psalm 64:7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.

Epistle Lviii. To all the Bishops Throughout Helladia .
To all the Bishops throughout Helladia [1626] . Gregory to all bishops constituted in the province of Helladia. I return thanks with you, dearest brethren, to Almighty God, who has caused the hidden sore which the ancient enemy had introduced to come to the knowledge of all, and has cut it away by a wholesome incision from the body of His Church. Herein we have cause both to rejoice and to mourn; to rejoice, that is, for the correction of a crime, but to mourn for the fall of a brother. But, since
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great

Fourteenth Day for the Church of the Future
WHAT TO PRAY.--For the Church of the Future "That the children might not be as their fathers, a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God."--PS. lxxviii. 8. "I will pour My Spirit upon thy seed, and My blessing upon thy offspring."--ISA. xliv. 3. Pray for the rising generation, who are to come after us. Think of the young men and young women and children of this age, and pray for all the agencies at work among them; that in association and societies
Andrew Murray—The Ministry of Intercession

Cross References
Exodus 23:27
"I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run.

Psalm 7:12
If he does not relent, he will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.

Psalm 7:13
He has prepared his deadly weapons; he makes ready his flaming arrows.

Psalm 18:40
You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes.

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