Psalms 55:20

“He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

He hath put foorth his handes against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his couenant.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him; He has violated his covenant.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He hath put forth his hands against such as were at peace with him: He hath profaned his covenant.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He has put out his hand against those who were at peace with him; he has not kept his agreement.
- Basic English Bible

He hath put forth his hands against such as are at peace with him; he hath profaned his covenant.
- Darby Bible

He hath put forth his hands against such as are at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.
- Webster's Bible

He raises his hands against his friends. He has violated his covenant.
- World English Bible

He hath sent forth his hands against his well-wishers, He hath polluted his covenant.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(55:21) He hath put forth his hands against them that were at peace with him; he hath profaned his covenant.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Psalms 55:20


55:20 He - They, the persons last mentioned.


Discussion for Psalms 55:20

  • George Francis for verse 20
    The only one friend with whom a covenant was made with David was Johnathan. In every covenant made, it was in Johnathan 's favour. Out of the five times Saul tried to kill David, on three of those times when Saul got really close to David 's hideout, the only one who knew exactly where David was hiding .....was Johnathan. "Jonathan loved him as his own soul. " What I find puzzling is that it does not say anywhere in the scriptures that "David loved Johnathan ". Therefore, I am asking, isn 't it possible that this person referred to in Psalms:55:12: "For it was not an enemy that reproached me then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me then I would have hid myself from him: Psalms:55:13: But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. " 55:21: In addition, "The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. " The only familiar friend or covenant maker the scriptures associated with David is Johnathan.

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