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Psalms 62:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— How long will ye set upon a man, That ye may slay [him], all of you, Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall [shall ye be, and as] a tottering fence.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— How long will you assail a man, That you may murder [him], all of you, Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall [shall ye be], [and as] a tottering fence.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— How long will ye assail a man; will ye [seek], all of you, to break him down as a bowing wall or a tottering fence?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— How long will ye shout at a man? Ye shall be crushed all of you,—Like a wall that bulgeth,—a fence pushed in!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Till when do ye devise mischief against a man? Ye are destroyed all of you, As a wall inclined, a hedge that is cast down.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— How long do you rush in upon a man? you all kill, as if you were thrusting down a leaning wall, and a tottering fence.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— How long wil ye imagine mischiefe against a man? ye shall be slaine all of you: as a bowing wall [shall ye be, and as] a tottering fence.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— How long will ye assault a man? ye are all slaughtering as with a bowed wall and a broken hedge.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall [shall ye be, and as] a tottering fence.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
How long x5704
(5704) Complement
עַד
`ad
{ad}
Properly the same as H5703 (used as a preposition, adverb or conjugation; especially with a preposition); as far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with).
x575
(0575) Complement
אָן
'an
{awn}
Contracted from H0370; where?; hence whither?, when?; also hither and thither.
will ye imagine mischief 2050
{2050} Prime
הָתַת
hathath'
{haw-thath'}
A primitive root; properly to break in upon, that is, to assail.
z8779
<8779> Grammar
Stem - Poel (See H8845)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 29
against x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
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.
a man? 376
{0376} Prime
אִישׁ
'iysh
{eesh}
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
ye shall be slain 7523
{7523} Prime
רָצַח
ratsach
{raw-tsakh'}
A primitive root; properly to dash in pieces, that is, kill (a human being), especially to murder.
z8792
<8792> Grammar
Stem - Pual (See H8849)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 93
all x3605
(3605) Complement
כֹּל
kol
{kole}
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
of you: as a bowing 5186
{5186} Prime
נָטָה
natah
{naw-taw'}
A primitive root; to stretch or spread out; by implication to bend away (including moral deflection); used in a great variety of applications.
z8803
<8803> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Passive (See H8815)
Count - 1415
wall 7023
{7023} Prime
קִיר
qiyr
{keer}
From H6979; a wall (as built in a trench).
[shall ye be, and as] a tottering 1760
{1760} Prime
דָּחָה
dachah
{daw-khaw'}
A primitive root; to push down.
z8803
<8803> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Passive (See H8815)
Count - 1415
fence. 1447
{1447} Prime
גָּדֵר
gader
{gaw-dare'}
From H1443; a circumvallation; by implication an inclosure.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 62:3

_ _ Their destruction will come; as a tottering wall they already are feeble and failing.

_ _ bowing wall shall ye be — better supply “are.” Some propose to apply these phrases to describe the condition of “a man” — that is, the pious suffer: thus, “Will ye slay him,” etc.; but the other is a good sense.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 62:1-7.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 62:3

Ye — Mine enemies; to whom now he turns his speech. Against — Against me, a man like yourselves, whom common humanity obliges you to pity.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 62:3

How long will ye imagine mischief against a (c) man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a (d) bowing wall [shall ye be, and as] a tottering fence.

(c) He means himself, being the man whom God had appointed to the kingdom.

(d) Though you seem to be in honour, yet God will suddenly destroy you.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
How:

Psalms 4:2 O ye sons of men, how long [will ye turn] my glory into shame? [how long] will ye love vanity, [and] seek after leasing? Selah.
Psalms 82:2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
Exodus 10:3 And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me.
Exodus 16:28 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?
Proverbs 1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
Proverbs 6:9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
Jeremiah 4:14 O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?
Matthew 17:17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.

imagine:

Psalms 21:11 For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, [which] they are not able [to perform].
Psalms 38:12 They also that seek after my life lay snares [for me]: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.
Psalms 140:2 Which imagine mischiefs in [their] heart; continually are they gathered together [for] war.
Hosea 7:15 Though I have bound [and] strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine mischief against me.

ye shall:

Psalms 73:18-20 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. ... As a dream when [one] awaketh; [so], O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.
1 Samuel 26:10 David said furthermore, [As] the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.

bowing:

Isaiah 30:13-14 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant. ... And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters' vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water [withal] out of the pit.
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Ex 10:3; 16:28. 1S 26:10. Ps 4:2; 21:11; 38:12; 73:18; 82:2; 140:2. Pv 1:22; 6:9. Is 30:13. Jr 4:14. Ho 7:15. Mt 17:17.

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