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Psalm 59:3

ESV For behold, they lie in wait for my life; fierce men stir up strife against me. For no transgression or sin of mine, O LORD,
NIV See how they lie in wait for me! Fierce men conspire against me for no offense or sin of mine, LORD.
NASB For behold, they have set an ambush for my life; Fierce men attack me, Not for my wrongdoing nor for my sin, Lord,
CSB Because look, Lord, they set an ambush for me. Powerful men attack me, but not because of any sin or rebellion of mine.
NLT They have set an ambush for me. Fierce enemies are out there waiting, Lord, though I have not sinned or offended them.
KJV For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.

What does Psalm 59:3 mean?

David is praying for the Lord's protection against a violent group of men (Psalm 59:1–2). This corresponds to an incident where King Saul sent assassins to kill David, who escaped with the help of his wife, Michal (1 Samuel 19:11–16). Saul was angry that he had been rejected by God and was jealous of David (1 Samuel 15:11; 19:9–10). Though David had done nothing wrong, Saul was determined to have him killed (1 Samuel 20:30–33).

When David met with his friend, Jonathan, Saul's son, he also expressed grief knowing he was innocent: "What have I done? What is my guilt? And what is my sin before your father, that he seeks my life?" (1 Samuel 20:1). Later, David had an opportunity to kill Saul in a cave, but instead only stealthily cut off a corner of the king's robe. David used this as proof that he was not a rebel, nor as ruthless as his enemies (1 Samuel 24:11).
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