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1 (A Psalm of David.) Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.

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

3 Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.

4 Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that 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 have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.

8 Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath 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 unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?

11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.

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 mine own bosom.

14 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.

15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not:

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

17 Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.

18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.

19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.

20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.

21 Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.

22 This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me.

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

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

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

26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.

27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

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

Commentary for Psalms 35

David prays for safety. (1-10) He complains of his enemies. (11-16) And calls upon God to support him. (17-28)

1-10 It is no new thing for the most righteous men, and the most righteous cause, to meet with enemies. This is a fruit of the old enmity in the seed of the serpent against the Seed of the woman. David in his afflictions, Christ in his sufferings, the church under persecution, and the Christian in the hour temptation, all beseech the Almighty to appear in their behalf, and to vindicate their cause. We are apt to justify uneasiness at the injuries men do us, by our never having given them cause to use us so ill; but this should make us easy, for then we may the more expect that God will plead our cause. David prayed to God to manifest himself in his trial. Let me have inward comfort under all outward troubles, to support my soul. If God, by his Spirit, witness to our spirits that he is our salvation, we need desire no more to make us happy. If God is our Friend, no matter who is our enemy. By the Spirit of prophecy, David foretells the just judgments of God that would come upon his enemies for their great wickedness. These are predictions, they look forward, and show the doom of the enemies of Christ and his kingdom. We must not desire or pray for the ruin of any enemies, except our lusts and the evil spirits that would compass our destruction. A traveller benighted in a bad road, is an expressive emblem of a sinner walking in the slippery and dangerous ways of temptation. But David having committed his cause to God, did not doubt of his own deliverance. The bones are the strongest parts of the body. The psalmist here proposes to serve and glorify God with all his strength. If such language may be applied to outward salvation, how much more will it apply to heavenly things in Christ Jesus!

11-16 Call a man ungrateful, and you can call him no worse: this was the character of David's enemies. Herein he was a type of Christ. David shows how tenderly he had behaved towards them in afflictions. We ought to mourn for the sins of those who do not mourn for themselves. We shall not lose by the good offices we do to any, how ungrateful soever they may be. Let us learn to possess our souls in patience and meekness like David, or rather after Christ's example.

17-28 Though the people of God are, and study to be, quiet, yet it has been common for their enemies to devise deceitful matters against them. David prays, My soul is in danger, Lord, rescue it; it belongs to thee the Father of spirits, therefore claim thine own; it is thine, save it! Lord, be not far from me, as if I were a stranger. He who exalted the once suffering Redeemer, will appear for all his people: the roaring lion shall not destroy their souls, any more than he could that of Christ, their Surety. They trust their souls in his hands, they are one with him by faith, are precious in his sight, and shall be rescued from destruction, that they may give thanks in heaven.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 35

  • Kaylee on Psalms 35
    I sometimes see a professed Christian acting in an unseemly manner. The ensuing anger and frustration in my heart towards them causes me to pray against them. Am I the "enemy "? Does this Psalm and implicit punishment apply to me?

    Thank you.
  • BLESS and CURSE NOT Matthew ch 5 verse 44 - in Reply on Psalms 35
    It will always come out favorably if you bless them and ask the Lord to keep watch BETWIXT you and that person.

    Matthew 5:3

    Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    Matthew 5:4

    Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

    Matthew 5:5

    Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

    Matthew 5:6

    Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

    Matthew 5:7

    Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

    Matthew 5:8

    Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

    Matthew 5:9

    Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

    Matthew 5:10Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    Matthew 5:11

    Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you FALSELY, for my sake.

    Matthew 5:44

    But I say unto you, Love your enemies, BLESS THEM that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

    Matthew 11:6

    And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

    Matthew 13:16

    But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

    I tried the principal put forth in Matthew 5:44 and it works! Every time. Pray and ask God to bless them with a job promotion or an apartment with better amenities!

    I could've shaved off years of resentment and depression; feeling opposed. Sometimes God just waits till we believe the scripture and use it.
  • John L Questions on Revelations on Psalms 35
    REVELATIONS QUESTIONS???

    I am unable to fit all Tribulation events (Seals, Trumpets, and Vials) into a 7 year time period.

    A 7 year time period is not given in the Book of Revelations concerning the Tribulation.

    The Book of Daniel refers to this time period as the final "seven" of the "seventy weeks" (Daniel 9:24). That final 7 has been going on for over 2000 years.

    In the "midst of the week" does refer to the middle of a set of SEVEN years when the sacrifice and the oblation will cease, and this refers to the 7 Vials of Revelations 16:1-18:24 which are poured out at the END.

    In addition, Jesus said that the time of the "Great Tribulation" would be "shortened" (Matthew 24:22). We find that this particular time (after the 5th Trumpet and the 1st Woe) is shortened to "five months" (Revelations 9:5). Where does this factor in?

    The period of time covering "Jacob's trouble" (Jeremiah 30:7) is 20 years; It could be seen as 13 years if the first 7 are not counted; because they seemed "but as a few days" (Genesis 29:20). Could this be a more plausible time period for all events to take place?
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Psalms 35
    John L This might help

    Revelation Chapter 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

    2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty [and] two months.

    3 And I will give [power] unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. (1,260 days)

    Revelation Chapter 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who [is] like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

    5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months. (42 Months)

    6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
  • Gwendolyn Rolax on Psalms 35
    This psalm is so very powerful against anyone that come against you whether its family, friend or foe. Powerful. It turns the situation around in your favor especially at the end of reading the psalm. Call their name out and watch God.
  • Bigbigbetty on Psalms 35
    i love this chapter so much, especially the part about i will rejoice in his salvation. gives me peace, because all the religious gunk goes away when i think of that.
  • Renee on Psalms 35
    My Bishop gave my husband and I Psalms 35 to read when we was going through a rough time. My husband and I knew we were being plotted against and people said mean things about and told lies on us. However, we continue to read this Psalms knowing God will vindicate us once again and reveal the truth.
  • Devon billy on Psalms 35
    It's the greatest psalm ever
  • Nabisa - in Reply on Psalms 35
    It comforts those who are distracted by the enemies
  • Kim George on Psalms 35
    I believe that earnest Prayer no matter what our situation we are going through, that God hears each and everyone of us. Psalms 35 is a very deep psalm it is a psalm of protection as well as a guide of what GOD can do for us with just the power of his word if we trust and believe in him, He will protect us against all of followers of satan.


 

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