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Psalm 27:2

ESV When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.
NIV When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.
NASB When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
CSB When evildoers came against me to devour my flesh, my foes and my enemies stumbled and fell.
NLT When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.
KJV When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

What does Psalm 27:2 mean?

David expresses confidence that his enemies will not succeed. If they try to attack and destroy him, David is sure they will fail. In fact, he is certain they will fail. By identifying his foes as "evildoers," David indicates they are not just his enemies but God's enemies as well. It is certain, therefore, that they will stumble and fall.

David lived out that level of assurance when he engaged Goliath in combat. Goliath thought he would give David's flesh to the birds and wild animals, but David told Goliath that the Lord would deliver him into his hand, and David would give the Philistines' dead bodies to the birds and wild animals (1 Samuel 17:44–46). The apostle John realized our enemies—Satan and his followers—want to destroy believers, but he encouraged us to rely on the Lord for victory. He wrote, "Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in [the evil world system]" (1 John 4:4).
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