Psalm 56:6
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New International Version
They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life.

King James Bible
They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

Darby Bible Translation
They gather themselves together, they hide themselves; they mark my steps, because they wait for my soul.

World English Bible
They conspire and lurk, watching my steps, they are eager to take my life.

Young's Literal Translation
They assemble, they hide, they watch my heels, When they have expected my soul.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

They gather themselves together - They form cabals; have secret meetings and consultations how they may most effectually destroy me, under the pretense of justice and safety to the state.

They hide themselves - They do all secretly.

They mark my steps - They are constantly at my heels.

They wait for my soul - They lie in wait for my life. Our translators have missed the meaning of נפש nephesh and ψυχε, - which generally signify the animal life, not the immortal spirit, - more than any other words in the Old or New Testament.

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Psalm 2:1-3 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing...

Psalm 59:3 For, see, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.

Psalm 71:10 For my enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,

Psalm 140:2 Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.

Matthew 26:3,4,57 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, to the palace of the high priest...

Matthew 27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:

Acts 4:5,6 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes...

Acts 23:12-14 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse...


Psalm 10:8-10 He sits in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places does he murder the innocent...

Psalm 64:2-6 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity...

Daniel 6:4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom...


Psalm 37:32 The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him.

Psalm 57:6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have dig a pit before me...

Psalm 89:51 With which your enemies have reproached, O LORD; with which they have reproached the footsteps of your anointed.

Job 14:16 For now you number my steps: do you not watch over my sin?

Job 31:4 Does not he see my ways, and count all my steps?

Jeremiah 20:10 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched for my halting...

Luke 20:20 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words...

March 27. "What Time I am Afraid, I Will Trust in Thee" (Ps. Lvi. 3).
"What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee" (Ps. lvi. 3). We shall never forget a remark Mr. George Mueller once made in answer to a gentleman who asked him the best way to have strong faith. "The only way," replied the patriarch of faith, "to learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings." This is very true. The time to trust is when all else fails. Dear one, if you scarcely realize the value of your present opportunity, if you are
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

January the Thirtieth Irresistible Artillery
"When I cry unto Thee, then shall mine enemies turn back." --PSALM lvi. But it must be a real "cry"! It must not be an idle recitation which sheds no blood. It must be a cry like the cry of the drowning, a cry which cleaves the air like a bullet. Said a man to me some while ago, "Assault the heavens with cries for me!" That is the cry which takes the kingdom by storm. When such a cry rends the heavens, "my enemies turn back." A secret and irresistible artillery begins to play upon them, and their
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

The Great Shepherd
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd; He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. I t is not easy for those, whose habits of life are insensibly formed by the customs of modern times, to conceive any adequate idea of the pastoral life, as obtained in the eastern countries, before that simplicity of manners, which characterized the early ages, was corrupted, by the artificial and false refinements of luxury. Wealth, in those
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

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

Cross References
Psalm 17:11
They have tracked me down, they now surround me, with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.

Psalm 59:3
See how they lie in wait for me! Fierce men conspire against me for no offense or sin of mine, LORD.

Psalm 64:2
Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from the plots of evildoers.

Psalm 71:10
For my enemies speak against me; those who wait to kill me conspire together.

Psalm 94:21
The wicked band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.

Psalm 140:2
who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day.

Isaiah 54:15
If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you.

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