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Psalms 89:43

    Psalms 89:43 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword, and hast not made him to stand in the battle.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    You have also turned the edge of his sword, and have not made him to stand in the battle.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Yea, thou turnest back the edge of his sword, And hast not made him to stand in the battle.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    His sword is turned back; you have not been his support in the fight.

    Webster's Revision

    Yea, thou turnest back the edge of his sword, And hast not made him to stand in the battle.

    World English Bible

    Yes, you turn back the edge of his sword, and haven't supported him in battle.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Yea, thou turnest back the edge his sword, and hast not made him to stand in the battle.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 89:43

    Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword - The arms and military prowess of thy people are no longer of any use to them; Thou art against them, and therefore they are fallen. In what a perilous and hopeless situation must that soldier be who, while defending his life against his mortal foe, has his sword broken, or its edge turned; or, in modern warfare, whose gun misses fire! The Gauls, when invaded by the Romans, had no method of hardening iron; at every blow their swords bended, so that they were obliged, before they could strike again, to put them under their foot or over their knee, to straighten them; and in most cases, before this could be done, their better armed foe had taken away their life! The edge of their sword was turned, so that they could not stand in battle; and hence the Gauls were conquered by the Romans.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 89:43

    Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword - That is, Thou hast turned it away, so that when it is raised to strike, it does not descend on the object aimed at by the blow. The meaning is, that he had not been successful in battle, or had been defeated.

    And hast not made him to stand in the battle - To stand firm; to hold his ground. He has been driven back; his forces have fled.