New International Version
Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin.
King James Bible
Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.
Darby Bible Translation
Truly thou settest them in slippery places, thou castest them down in ruins.
World English Bible
Surely you set them in slippery places. You throw them down to destruction.
Young's Literal Translation
Only, in slippery places Thou dost set them, Thou hast caused them to fall to desolations.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Thou didst set them on slippery places - Affluence is a slippery path; few have ever walked in it without falling. It is possible to be faithful in the unrighteous mammon, but it is very difficult. No man should desire riches; for they bring with them so many cares and temptations as to be almost unmanageabe. Rich men, even when pious, are seldom happy; they do not enjoy the consolations of religion. A good man, possessed of very extensive estates, unblamable in his whole deportment, once said to me: "There must be some strange malignity in riches thus to keep me in continual bondage, and deprive me of the consolations of the Gospel." Perhaps to a person to whom his estates are a snare, the words of our Lord may be literally applicable: "Sell what thou hast, and give to the poor; and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up thy cross, and follow me." But he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions! May we not then say with the psalmist, Surely thou digest set them in slippery places, etc.?
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may their path be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
may ruin overtake them by surprise-- may the net they hid entangle them, may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.
See how the evildoers lie fallen-- thrown down, not able to rise!
But you, God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of decay; the bloodthirsty and deceitful will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you.
therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I will treat you in accordance with the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred of them and I will make myself known among them when I judge you.
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