The Psalms

Psalm 35

David prays for his own safety and confusion for his enemies, 1-10. He complains of their wrongful dealing, 11-21. Thereby he incites God against them, 22-28.

1 [A Psalm of David.] Plead my cause, O LORD, with those who strive with me. Fight against those who fight against me.

2 Take hold of shield and buckler and stand up for my help.

3 Draw out the spear also and stop the way against those who persecute me. Say to my soul, "I am your salvation."

4 Let them be confounded and put to shame who seek after my soul. Let them be turned back and brought to confusion who devise my hurt.

5 Let them be as chaff before the wind, and let the angel of the LORD chase them.

6 Let their way be dark and slippery, and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.

7 For without cause they have hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have dug for my soul.

8 Let destruction come upon him unexpectedly, and let his net that he has hid catch himself. Into that very destruction let him fall.

9 And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD. It shall rejoice in his salvation.

10 All my bones shall say, "LORD, who is like you, delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, even the poor and the needy from him who spoils him?"

11 False witnesses arose. They laid to my charge things that I did not know.

12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.

13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth. I humbled my soul with fasting, and my prayer returned into my own bosom.

14 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother. I bowed down heavily as one who mourns for his mother.

15 But in my adversity they rejoiced and assembled themselves. The abjects even assembled themselves against me, and I did not know it. They tore me and did not cease.

16 With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.

17 Lord, how long will you look on? Rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.

18 I will give you thanks in the great congregation. I will praise you among many people.

19 Do not let those who are my enemies wrongfully rejoice over me, neither let them wink with the eye who hate me without a cause.

20 For they do not speak peace, but they devise deceitful matters against those who are quiet in the land.

21 They even opened their mouth wide against me and said, "Aha, aha, our eye has seen it."

22 This you have seen, O LORD. Do not keep silence. O Lord, do not be far from me.

23 Stir up yourself and awake to my judgment, even to my cause, my God and my Lord.

24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to your righteousness, and do not let them rejoice over me.

25 Do not let them say in their hearts, "Ah, we would have it so." Do not let them say, "We have swallowed him up."

26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together who rejoice at my hurt. Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves against me.

27 Let them shout for joy and be glad who favor my righteous cause. Let them even say continually, "Let the LORD be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of his servant."

28 And my tongue shall speak of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long.

Commentary

Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 35

Notes

[v.19] - Quoted in John 15:25.

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