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Psalms 56:6 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, They mark my steps, Even as they have waited for my soul.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— They attack, they lurk, They watch my steps, As they have waited [to take] my life.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— They assemble themselves, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— They gather themselves together, they hide themselves; they mark my steps, because they wait for my soul.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— They stir up strife—they lie hid, They, mark my steps,—Seeing they have waited for my life.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— They assemble, they hide, they watch my heels, When they have expected my soul.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— They will dwell and hide themselves: they will watch my heel. As they have waited for my soul,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— They gather themselues together; they hide themselues, they marke my steps when they wait for my soule.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— They will dwell near and hide [themselves]; they will watch my steps, accordingly as I have waited patiently in my soul.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
They gather themselves together, 1481
{1481} Prime
A primitive root; properly to turn aside from the road (for a lodging or any other purpose), that is, sojourn (as a guest); also to shrink, fear (as in a strange place); also to gather for hostility (as afraid).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
they hide 6845
{6845} Prime
A primitive root; to hide (by covering over); by implication to hoard or reserve; figuratively to deny; specifically (favorably) to protect, (unfavorably) to lurk.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
<8675> Grammar
Kethiv Reading

Where the translators of the Authorised Version followed the qere reading rather than the kethiv.
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
themselves, they x1992
(1992) Complement
Masculine plural from H1931; they (only used when emphatic).
mark 8104
{8104} Prime
A primitive root; properly to hedge about (as with thorns), that is, guard; generally to protect, attend to, etc.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
my steps, 6119
{6119} Prime
From H6117; a heel (as protuberant); hence a track; figuratively the rear (of an army). (lier in wait is by mistake for H6120.).
when x834
(0834) Complement
A primitive relative pronoun (of every gender and number); who, which, what, that; also (as adverb and conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc.
they wait y6960
[6960] Standard
A primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), that is, collect; (figuratively) to expect.
<8765> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2121
for x6960
(6960) Complement
A primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), that is, collect; (figuratively) to expect.
my soul. 5315
{5315} Prime
From H5314; properly a breathing creature, that is, animal or (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 56:5-6.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 56:1-7.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 56:6

They gather — After they have severally employed their thoughts against me, they meet together to compare them, and to put them in execution. Hide — They lurk secretly, that they may pry into my most private actions. Steps — That they may find some occasion to reproach me. Soul — Or, life, to take it away.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 56:6

(e) They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

(e) As all the world against one man, and cannot be satisfied unless they have my life.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Psalms 2:1-3 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? ... Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
Psalms 59:3 For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not [for] my transgression, nor [for] my sin, O LORD.
Psalms 71:10 For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,
Psalms 140:2 Which imagine mischiefs in [their] heart; continually are they gathered together [for] war.
Matthew 26:3-4 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, ... And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill [him].
Matthew 26:57 And they that had laid hold on Jesus led [him] away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.
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, ... And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.
Acts 23:12-14 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. ... And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.


Psalms 10:8-10 He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor. ... He croucheth, [and] humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.
Psalms 64:2-6 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity: ... They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward [thought] of every one [of them], and the heart, [is] deep.
Daniel 6:4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he [was] faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.


Psalms 37:32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.
Psalms 57:6 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.
Psalms 89:51 Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed.
Job 14:16 For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?
Job 31:4 Doth 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, [saying], Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him.
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, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.
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Jb 14:16; 31:4. Ps 2:1; 10:8; 37:32; 57:6; 59:3; 64:2; 71:10; 89:51; 140:2. Jr 20:10. Dn 6:4. Mt 26:3, 57; 27:1. Lk 20:20. Ac 4:5; 23:12.

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