New International Version
If he does not relent, he will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.
King James Bible
If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.
Darby Bible Translation
If one turn not, he will sharpen his sword; he hath bent his bow and made it ready,
World English Bible
If a man doesn't relent, he will sharpen his sword; he has bent and strung his bow.
Young's Literal Translation
If one turn not, His sword he sharpeneth, His bow he hath trodden -- He prepareth it,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If he turn not - This clause the Syriac adds to the preceding verse. Most of the versions read, "If ye return not." Some contend, and not without a great show of probability, that the two verses should be read in connection, thus: "God is a just Judge; a God who is provoked every day. If (the sinner) turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready." This, no doubt, gives the sense of both.
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"I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy." --PSALM vii. 4. That is the noblest revenge, and in those moments David had intimate knowledge of the spirit of his Lord. "If thine enemy hunger, feed him!" Evil for good is devil-like. To receive a favour and to return a blow! To obtain the gift of language, and then to use one's speech to curse the giver! To use a sacred sword is unholy warfare! All this is devil-like. Evil for evil is beast-like. Yes, the dog bites back when it is …
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He Does Battle for the Faith; He Restores Peace among those who were at Variance; He Takes in Hand to Build a Stone Church.
when I sharpen my flashing sword and my hand grasps it in judgment, I will take vengeance on my adversaries and repay those who hate me.
For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.
Rise up, LORD, confront them, bring them down; with your sword rescue me from the wicked.
You will make them turn their backs when you aim at them with drawn bow.
that will not heed the tune of the charmer, however skillful the enchanter may be.
But God will shoot them with his arrows; they will suddenly be struck down.
Their arrows are sharp, all their bows are strung; their horses' hooves seem like flint, their chariot wheels like a whirlwind.
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