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Psalms 55:15 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Let death come suddenly upon them, Let them go down alive into Sheol; For wickedness is in their dwelling, in the midst of them.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Let death seize upon them, [and] let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness [is] in their dwellings, [and] among them.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Let death come deceitfully upon them; Let them go down alive to Sheol, For evil is in their dwelling, in their midst.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Let death seize upon them, [and] let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness [is] in their dwellings, [and] among them.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Let death seize upon them, let them go down alive into Sheol. For wickedness is in their dwellings, in their midst.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Desolations on them! Let them go down into hades alive, For, wicked doings, are at home within them.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Desolations [are] upon them, They go down [to] Sheol—alive, For wickedness [is] in their dwelling, in their midst.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Let death come upon them, and let them go down alive into hell. For there is wickedness in their dwellings: in the midst of them.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Let death seaze vpon them, and let them goe downe quicke into hell: for wickednes [is] in their dwellings, [and] among them.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Let death come upon them, and let them go down alive into the grave{gr.Hades}, for iniquity is in their dwellings, in the midst of them.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Let death seize upon them, [and] let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness [is] in their dwellings, [and] among them.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Let death 4194
{4194} Prime
From H4191; death (natural or violent); concretely the dead, their place or state (hades); figuratively pestilence, ruin.
seize 5377
{5377} Prime
A primitive root; to lead astray, that is, (mentally) to delude, or (morally) to seduce.
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
<8675> Grammar
Kethiv Reading

Where the translators of the Authorised Version followed the qere reading rather than the kethiv.
[3451] Standard
From H3456; desolation.
upon x5921
(5921) Complement
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
them, [and] let them go down 3381
{3381} Prime
A primitive root; to descend (literally to go downwards; or conventionally to a lower region, as the shore, a boundary, the enemy, etc.; or figuratively to fall); causatively to bring down (in all the above applications).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
quick 2416
{2416} Prime
From H2421; alive; hence raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively.
into hell: 7585
{7585} Prime
From H7592; hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranian retreat), including its accessories and inmates.
for x3588
(3588) Complement
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
wickedness 7451
{7451} Prime
From H7489; bad or (as noun) evil (naturally or morally). This includes the second (feminine) form; as adjective or noun.
[is] in their dwellings, 4033
{4033} Prime
From H1481 in the sense of lodging; a temporary abode; by extension a permanent residence.
[and] among 7130
{7130} Prime
From H7126; properly the nearest part, that is, the centre, whether literally, figuratively or adverbially (especially with preposition).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 55:15

_ _ Let death, etc. — or, “Desolations are on them.”

_ _ let them go — literally, “they will go.”

_ _ quick — or, living in the midst of life, death will come (compare Numbers 16:33).

_ _ among them — or, “within them,” in their hearts (Psalms 5:9; Psalms 49:11).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 55:9-15.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 55:15

Them — All such as pretend to religion, and have manifestly apostatized both from the profession and practice of it. The grave — Cut off by a sudden and violent death. Among them — Heb. in their inwards. Wickedness is deeply rooted in their hearts.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 55:15

Let death seize upon them, [and] let them (l) go down quick into hell: for wickedness [is] in their dwellings, [and] among them.

(l) As Korah, Dathan and Abiram.

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Let death:
etc. Or, rather, "Death shall seize on them; they shall descend quickly into the grave;" which is a prediction of the sudden destruction which befell the ringleaders of this unnatural rebellion.
Psalms 59:13 Consume [them] in wrath, consume [them], that they [may] not [be]: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.
Psalms 69:22-28 Let their table become a snare before them: and [that which should have been] for [their] welfare, [let it become] a trap. ... Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.
Psalms 109:6-20 Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand. ... [Let] this [be] the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.
2 Samuel 17:23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled [his] ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.
2 Samuel 18:9 And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that [was] under him went away.
2 Samuel 18:14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he [was] yet alive in the midst of the oak.
Matthew 27:5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
Acts 1:18-20 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. ... For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.


Numbers 16:30-34 But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that [appertain] unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD. ... And all Israel that [were] round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up [also].
Matthew 26:24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
Acts 1:25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.

or, the grave,
Psalms 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, [and] all the nations that forget God.
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