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Psalm 54:5 New English Translation (NET Bible)

May those who wait to ambush me[a] be repaid for their evil.[b]
As a demonstration of your faithfulness,[c] destroy them.


  1. Psalm 54:5 tn Heb “to those who watch me [with evil intent].” See also Pss 5:8; 27:11; 56:2.
  2. Psalm 54:5 tn The Kethib (consonantal text) reads a Qal imperfect, “the evil will return,” while the Qere (marginal reading) has a Hiphil imperfect, “he will repay.” The parallel line has an imperative (indicating a prayer/request), so it is best to read a jussive form יָשֹׁב (yashov, “let it [the evil] return”) here.
  3. Psalm 54:5 tn Heb “in [or “by”] your faithfulness.”
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Psalm 54:5 New International Version (NIV)

Let evil recoil on those who slander me;
    in your faithfulness destroy them.

New International Version (NIV)

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