Psalm 57:6
New International Version
They spread a net for my feet-- I was bowed down in distress. They dug a pit in my path-- but they have fallen into it themselves.

New Living Translation
My enemies have set a trap for me. I am weary from distress. They have dug a deep pit in my path, but they themselves have fallen into it. Interlude

English Standard Version
They set a net for my steps; my soul was bowed down. They dug a pit in my way, but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah

Berean Study Bible
They spread a net for my feet; my soul was despondent. They dug a pit before me, but they themselves have fallen into it! Selah

New American Standard Bible
They have prepared a net for my steps; My soul is bowed down; They dug a pit before me; They themselves have fallen into the midst of it. Selah.

New King James Version
They have prepared a net for my steps; My soul is bowed down; They have dug a pit before me; Into the midst of it they themselves have fallen. Selah

King James Bible
They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

Christian Standard Bible
They prepared a net for my steps; I was despondent. They dug a pit ahead of me, but they fell into it! Selah

Contemporary English Version
Enemies set traps for my feet and struck me down. They dug a pit in my path, but fell in it themselves.

Good News Translation
My enemies have spread a net to catch me; I am overcome with distress. They dug a pit in my path, but fell into it themselves.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They prepared a net for my steps; I was despondent. They dug a pit ahead of me, but they fell into it! Selah

International Standard Version
They have set a snare for my feet, which makes me depressed. They dug a pit in front of me, but they are the ones who fell into it! Interlude

NET Bible
They have prepared a net to trap me; I am discouraged. They have dug a pit for me. They will fall into it! (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
They have prepared a net for my steps. My soul is bowed down. They dig a pit before me. They fall into its midst themselves. Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They prepared a net for my feet and they have dug a ditch for my soul and they fell into it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[My enemies] spread out a net to catch me. (My soul is bowed down.) They dug a pit to trap me, but then they fell into it. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
They have prepared a net for my steps, My soul is bowed down; They have digged a pit before me, They are fallen into the midst thereof themselves. Selah

New American Standard 1977
They have prepared a net for my steps; My soul is bowed down; They dug a pit before me; They themselves have fallen into the midst of it. Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down; they have dug a pit before me, into the midst of which they are fallen themselves. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have dug a pit before me, into the midst of which they are fallen themselves. Selah.

American King James Version
They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have dig a pit before me, into the middle whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

American Standard Version
They have prepared a net for my steps; My soul is bowed down: They have digged a pit before me; They are fallen into the midst thereof themselves. Selah

Brenton Septuagint Translation
They have prepared snares for my feet, and have bowed down my soul: they have dug a pit before my face, and fallen into it themselves. Pause.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They prepared a snare for my feet; and they bowed down my soul. They dug a pit before my face, and they are fallen into it.

Darby Bible Translation
They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul was bowed down: they have digged a pit before me; they are fallen into the midst thereof. Selah.

English Revised Version
They have prepared a net for my steps; thy soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me; they are fallen into the midst thereof themselves. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst of which they have fallen themselves. Selah.

World English Bible
They have prepared a net for my steps. My soul is bowed down. They dig a pit before me. They fall into its midst themselves. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
A net they have prepared for my steps, Bowed down hath my soul, They have digged before me a pit, They have fallen into its midst. Selah.
Study Bible
In You My Soul Takes Refuge
5Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; may Your glory cover all the earth. 6They spread a net for my feet; my soul was despondent. They dug a pit before me, but they themselves have fallen into it! Selah 7My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast. I will sing and make music.…
Cross References
Psalm 7:15
He has dug a hole and hollowed it out; he has fallen into the pit of his making.

Psalm 9:15
The nations have fallen into a pit of their making; their feet are snared in the net they have hidden.

Psalm 10:9
He lies in wait like a lion in a thicket; he lurks to seize the oppressed; he catches the lowly in his net.

Psalm 31:4
You will free me from the net laid for me, for You are my refuge.

Psalm 35:7
For without cause they laid their net for me; without reason they dug a pit for my soul.

Psalm 107:39
When they are decreased and humbled by oppression, evil, and sorrow,

Psalm 119:85
The arrogant have dug pits for me in violation of Your law.

Psalm 140:5
The proud hide a snare for me; the cords of their net are spread along the path, and lures are set out for me. Selah

Psalm 141:10
Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.

Psalm 145:14
The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

Proverbs 11:27
He who searches out good finds favor, but evil will come to him who seeks it.

Proverbs 26:27
He who digs a pit will fall into it, and whoever rolls a stone, it will come back on him.

Proverbs 28:10
He who leads the upright along the path of evil will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will inherit what is good.

Ecclesiastes 10:8
He who digs a pit may fall into it, and he who breaches a wall may be bitten by a snake.

Jeremiah 18:20
Should good be repaid with evil? Yet they have dug a pit for me. Remember how I stood before You to speak good on their behalf, to turn Your wrath from them.

Treasury of Scripture

They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have dig a pit before me, into the middle whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

a net

Psalm 7:15,16
He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made…

Psalm 9:15,16
The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken…

Psalm 35:7,8
For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul…

my soul

Psalm 42:6
O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.

Psalm 142:3
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.

Psalm 143:4
Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.







Lexicon
They spread
הֵכִ֣ינוּ (hê·ḵî·nū)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3559: To be erect

a net
רֶ֤שֶׁת ׀ (re·šeṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7568: A net

for my feet;
לִפְעָמַי֮ (lip̄·‘ā·may)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6471: A beat, foot, anvil, occurrence

my soul
נַ֫פְשִׁ֥י (nap̄·šî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

was despondent.
כָּפַ֪ף (kā·p̄ap̄)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3721: To bend, bend down, be bent or bowed

They dug
כָּר֣וּ (kā·rū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3738: To dig, to plot, to bore, open

a pit
שִׁיחָ֑ה (šî·ḥāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7882: A pit-fall

before me,
לְפָנַ֣י (lə·p̄ā·nay)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

but they themselves have fallen
נָפְל֖וּ (nā·p̄ə·lū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5307: To fall, lie

into it!
בְתוֹכָ֣הּ (ḇə·ṯō·w·ḵāh)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8432: A bisection, the centre

Selah
סֶֽלָה׃ (se·lāh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 5542: Suspension, pause
(6) A net.--For this image, so common in Hebrew hymns, see Psalm 9:15, &c, and for that of the pit, Psalm 7:15, &c

My soul is bowed down.--The verb so rendered is everywhere else transitive. So LXX. and Vulg. here, "And have pressed down my soul." Despite the grammar, Ewald alters "my soul" into "their soul." But no conjecture of the kind restores the parallelism, which is here hopelessly lost. We expect,

They have prepared a net for my steps;

They are caught in it themselves.

Verses 6-11. - The strophe of "triumphant confidence" now begins, but with an echo from the strophe of complaint. The enemy is still at work, still plotting against the psalmist, still seeking to do him a mischief; but the efforts made are in vain. They only bring the enemy himself into trouble (ver. 6), and cause the psalmist to pour forth a song of joy (vers. 7-11). Verse 6. - They have prepared a net for my steps (comp. Psalm 9:15; Psalm 10:10; Psalm 25:15; Psalm 31:4; Psalm 35:7). These metaphors from the chase are peculiarly appropriate at the time when Saul was "hunting David upon the mountains" (1 Samuel 26:20). My soul is bowed down; rather, they have bowed down my soul; literally, he has bowed down; but the alternate use of the singular and the plural, without any real change of subject, is very common. They have digged a pit before me (comp. Psalm 7:15; Psalm 119:85). Into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Here is the first note of triumph - a very familiar note (Psalm 7:15; Psalm 9:15; Psalm 39:8; Psalm 141:10), but one always sounded with marked satisfaction. 57:1-6 All David's dependence is upon God. The most eminent believers need often repeat the publican's prayer, God be merciful to me a sinner. But if our souls trust in the Lord, this may assure us, in our utmost dangers, that our calamities will at length be overpast, and in the mean time, by faith and prayer, we must make him our refuge. Though God be most high, yet he condescends so low, as to take care that all things are made to work for good to his people. This is a good reason why we should pray earnestly. Look which way we will on this earth, refuge fails, no help appears; but we may look for it from heaven. If we have fled from the wrath to come, unto Jesus Christ, he that performed all things needful to purchase the salvation of his people, will do for us and in us all things needful for our enjoyment of it. It made David droop to think there should be those that bore him so much ill-will. But the mischief they designed against him, returned on themselves. And when David was in the greatest distress and disgrace, he did not pray, Lord, exalt me, but, Lord, exalt thine own name. Our best encouragement in prayer, is taken from the glory of God, and to that, more than to our own comfort, we should have regard in all our petitions for mercy.
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