Psalm 36:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 36:11, NIV: May the foot of the proud not come against me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.

Psalm 36:11, ESV: Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.

Psalm 36:11, KJV: Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me.

Psalm 36:11, NASB: May the foot of pride not come upon me, And may the hand of the wicked not drive me away.

Psalm 36:11, NLT: Don't let the proud trample me or the wicked push me around.

Psalm 36:11, CSB: Do not let the foot of the arrogant come near me or the hand of the wicked drive me away.

What does Psalm 36:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David prays for protection from wickedness. In poetic style, he refers to both hands and feet, in this context as weapons or instruments of violence. Hands hold weapons (Psalm 149:6) and feet are used to trample an enemy and signal their submission (Psalm 56:2). In David's case this was a very literal concept, as his enemies often sought to kill him (1 Samuel 19:1–2; 2 Samuel 15:13–14). Influence, also, is a way in which wickedness tempts believers (Proverbs 13:20).

This prayer provides a warning to believers today to trust the Lord for protection. God does not always promise physical security, and not all threats are as immediate as those faced by David. Yet Christians should note the spiritual nature of their real enemy, instead of being self-reliant (Ephesians 6:10–18). Peter learned the hard way that self-confidence paves the road to a spiritual fall. He boasted that he would never forsake the Lord (John 13:36–38), but later, while warming himself at the enemy's fire, he denied Jesus three times (John 18:15–18, 25–27). The Bible assures us that pride goes before a fall (Proverbs 16:18) and warns, "Let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall" (1 Corinthians 10:12).