David prayeth for this own safety, and his enemies' confusion.
Psalms 35:1 By David. Strive, Jehovah, with my strivers, fight with my fighters, Psalms 35:2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and rise for my help, Psalms 35:3 And draw out spear and lance, To meet my pursuers. Say to my soul, 'Thy salvation I [am].' Psalms 35:4 They are ashamed and blush, those seeking my soul, Turned backward and confounded, Those devising my evil. Psalms 35:5 They are as chaff before wind, And a messenger of Jehovah driving away. Psalms 35:6 Their way is darkness and slipperiness, And a messenger of Jehovah their pursuer. Psalms 35:7 For without cause they hid for me their netpit, Without cause they digged for my soul. Psalms 35:8 Meet him doth desolationhe knoweth not, And his net that he hid catcheth him, For desolation he falleth into it. Psalms 35:9 And my soul is joyful in Jehovah, It rejoiceth in His salvation. Psalms 35:10 All my bones say, 'Jehovah, who is like Thee, Delivering the poor from the stronger than he, And the poor and needy from his plunderer.'
He complaineth of their wrongful dealing.
Psalms 35:11 Violent witnesses rise up, That which I have not known they ask me. Psalms 35:12 They pay me evil for good, bereaving my soul, Psalms 35:13 And Iin their sickness my clothing [is] sackcloth, I have humbled with fastings my soul, And my prayer unto my bosom returneth. Psalms 35:14 As [if] a friend, as [if] my brother, I walked habitually, As a mourner for a mother, Mourning I have bowed down. Psalms 35:15 Andin my halting they have rejoiced, And have been gathered together, Gathered against me were the smiters, And I have not known, They have rent, and they have not ceased; Psalms 35:16 With profane ones, mockers in feasts, Gnashing against me their teeth. Psalms 35:17 Lord, how long dost thou behold? Keep back my soul from their desolations, From young lions my only one. Psalms 35:18 I thank Thee in a great assembly, Among a mighty people I praise Thee. Psalms 35:19 Mine enemies rejoice not over me [with] falsehood, Those hating me without cause wink the eye. Psalms 35:20 For they speak not peace, And against the quiet of the land, Deceitful words they devise, Psalms 35:21 And they enlarge against me their mouth, They said, 'Aha, aha, our eye hath seen.'
Thereby he inciteth God against them.
Psalms 35:22 Thou hast seen, O Jehovah, Be not silent, O Lordbe not far from me, Psalms 35:23 Stir up, and wake to my judgment, My God, and my Lord, to my plea. Psalms 35:24 Judge me according to Thy righteousness, O Jehovah my God, And they do not rejoice over me. Psalms 35:25 They do not say in their heart, 'Aha, our desire.' They do not say, 'We swallowed him up.' Psalms 35:26 They are ashamed and confounded together, Who are rejoicing at my evil. They put on shame and confusion, Who are magnifying themselves against me. Psalms 35:27 They sing and rejoice, who are desiring my righteousness, And they say continually, 'Jehovah is magnified, Who is desiring the peace of His servant.' Psalms 35:28 And my tongue uttereth Thy righteousness, All the day Thy praise!