Psalm 55:20
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New International Version
My companion attacks his friends; he violates his covenant.

King James Bible
He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.

Darby Bible Translation
He hath put forth his hands against such as are at peace with him; he hath profaned his covenant.

World English Bible
He raises his hands against his friends. He has violated his covenant.

Young's Literal Translation
He hath sent forth his hands against his well-wishers, He hath polluted his covenant.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He hath put forth his hands - A farther description of Ahithophel. He betrayed his friends, and he broke his covenant with his king. He had agreed to serve David for his own emolument, and a stipulation was made accordingly; but while receiving the king's pay, he was endeavoring to subvert the kingdom, and destroy the life of his sovereign.

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but

1 Samuel 22:17 And the king said to the footmen that stood about him, Turn, and slay the priests of the LORD: because their hand also is with David...

1 Samuel 24:10 Behold, this day your eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered you to day into my hand in the cave: and some bade me kill you...

2 Samuel 18:12 And the man said to Joab, Though I should receive a thousand shekels of silver in my hand...

Acts 12:1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.

at peace

Psalm 7:4 If I have rewarded evil to him that was at peace with me; (yes, I have delivered him that without cause is my enemy:)

Psalm 109:5 And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.

Psalm 120:6,7 My soul has long dwelled with him that hates peace...

broken [heb.] profaned

Psalm 89:28,34,38 My mercy will I keep for him for ever more, and my covenant shall stand fast with him...

2 Samuel 2:4 And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying...

2 Samuel 5:3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD...

2 Samuel 14:32,33 And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent to you, saying, Come here, that I may send you to the king, to say...

2 Samuel 15:10-12 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then you shall say...

Ecclesiastes 8:2 I counsel you to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God.

Ezekiel 17:16-19 As I live, said the Lord GOD, surely in the place where the king dwells that made him king, whose oath he despised...

Library
July 9. "Cast Thy Burden on the Lord" (Ps. Lv. 22).
"Cast thy burden on the Lord" (Ps. lv. 22). Dear friends, sometimes we bring a burden to God, and we have such a groaning over it, and we seem to think God has a dreadful time, too, but in reality it does not burden Him at all. God says: It is a light thing for Me to do this for you. Your load, though heavy for you, is not heavy for Him. Christ carries the whole on one shoulder, not two shoulders. The government of the world is upon His shoulder. He is not struggling and groaning with it. His mighty
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

If Then to Sin, that Others May not Commit a Worse Sin...
21. If then to sin, that others may not commit a worse sin, either against us or against any, without doubt we ought not; it is to be considered in that which Lot did, whether it be an example which we ought to imitate, or rather one which we ought to avoid. For it seems meet to be more looked into and noted, that, when so horrible an evil from the most flagitious impiety of the Sodomites was impending over his guests, which he wished to ward off and was not able, to such a degree may even that just
St. Augustine—Against Lying

Cross References
Numbers 30:2
When a man makes a vow to the LORD or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.

Psalm 7:4
if I have repaid my ally with evil or without cause have robbed my foe--

Psalm 89:34
I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered.

Psalm 120:7
I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.

Psalm 125:3
The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil.

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