Psalms 13:4

“Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Psalms 13:4

Least mine enimie say, I haue preuailed against him: and those that trouble mee, reioyce, when I am moued.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And my enemy will say, "I have overcome him, {And} my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; `Lest' mine adversaries rejoice when I am moved.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he who is against me may not say, I have overcome him; and those who are troubling me may not be glad when I am moved.
- Basic English Bible

Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him! [lest] mine adversaries be joyful when I am moved.
- Darby Bible

Lest my enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
- Webster's Bible

Lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed against him;" Lest my adversaries rejoice when I fall.
- World English Bible

Lest mine enemy say, `I overcame him,' Mine adversaries joy when I am moved.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(13:5) Lest mine enemy say: 'I have prevailed against him'; lest mine adversaries rejoice when I am moved.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Psalms 13:4

Wesley's Notes for Psalms 13:4

13:2 How long - Shall I be in such perplexities, not knowing what course to take?

13:3 Lighten - Revive and comfort, and deliver me from the darkness of death, which is ready to come upon me.

13:6 I will sing - It is a common thing for David and other prophets to speak of future deliverances as if they were already come, that so they may signify both the infallible certainty of the thing, and their firm assurance thereof.

Discussion for Psalms 13:4

  • Sheri on Psalms 13:4
    Lately I feel a huge shift in paradigm happened for me when I was born again and felt Jesus breathe eternal breath into me one night. I was told to get up very early, before dark if possible, and read the Bible and ask God what is truth (like Pilate asked Jesus). I always thought the Bible was so bloody, and David so vengeful and fearful of people (which, of course, as a human king he had every right to be), but then it struck me one day that "enemy" in the Bible is our inner demons that keep us sinning, and God's grace (which David begs for constantly) is the only way we can obey God's laws and do His Will. WE must give up our will, as Jesus did in the Garden, for God's Will. If the "enemy" triumphs, then, like David did when he saw Bathsheba. "My enemies surround me" and all that kind of talk is truly about giving into sin and just how much we need God's help when in Satan's territory, which earth is for now. I like how one writer put it: Satan is a lame duck and he knows his days here are numbered. Anyway, I read all of Psalms much differently now. And Job. And Esther. Whenever there is gross slaughter of men, women and children and no bootie taken, think of the spiritual battle within us. So many people take the Bible at surface value and thus miss the point! Remember, the disciples often had to get alone with Jesus and ask him what the parable meant. The Bible is also a parable. So ask!


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