Psalm 35:1
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New International Version
Of David. Contend, LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me.

New Living Translation
A psalm of David. O LORD, oppose those who oppose me. Fight those who fight against me.

English Standard Version
Of David. Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me!

New American Standard Bible
A Psalm of David. Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; Fight against those who fight against me.

King James Bible
A Psalm of David. Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Davidic. Oppose my opponents, LORD; fight those who fight me.

International Standard Version
Argue my case, LORD, against those who argue against me. Fight against those who fight against me.

NET Bible
By David. O LORD, fight those who fight with me! Attack those who attack me!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Judge my case, Lord Jehovah, and fight against those who fight against me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[By David.] O LORD, attack those who attack me. Fight against those who fight against me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Plead my cause, O LORD, with those that strive with me; fight against those that fight against me.

King James 2000 Bible
Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.

American King James Version
Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.

American Standard Version
Strive thou, O Jehovah, with them that strive with me: Fight thou against them that fight against me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For David himself. Judge thou, O Lord, them that wrong me : overthrow them that fight against me.

Darby Bible Translation
{[A Psalm] of David.} Strive, O Jehovah, with them that strive with me; fight against them that fight against me:

English Revised Version
A Psalm of David. Strive thou, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight thou against them that fight against me.

Webster's Bible Translation
A Psalm of David. Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.

World English Bible
Contend, Yahweh, with those who contend with me. Fight against those who fight against me.

Young's Literal Translation
By David. Strive, Jehovah, with my strivers, fight with my fighters,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

35:1-10 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!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me (comp. 1 Samuel 24:15, "The Lord therefore be Judge, and judge between me and thee; and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand." The word translated "plead" is a judicial term; but the context shows that it was in the battle-field, rather than in the law-courts, that David's cause was to be pleaded. The second hemistich is therefore added to explain and correct the first; it is fighting, not pleading, that is needed under the circumstances.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me,.... Meaning Saul and his courtiers; concerning whom he elsewhere desires that the Lord would judge between them, plead his cause, and deliver him; as he accordingly did, and maintained it, and the righteousness of it, 1 Samuel 24:12. So Christ pleaded not his own cause as man, but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously; and his people leave their cause with him, who is their advocate, and is able to plead it thoroughly; and does plead it against wicked and ungodly men, who unrighteously charge them; against. Satan the accuser of the brethren, who stands at their right hand to resist them; and against their own hearts, and the sins of them, which lust and war against them, and condemn them;

fight against them that fight against me: so the Lord is sometimes represented as a man of war, and Christ as a warrior fighting for the saints; and safe are they on whose side he is; but miserable all such who are found fighters against him and his; for none ever opposed him and prospered.

The Treasury of David

1 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?

Psalm 35:1

"Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me." Plead against those who plead against me; strive with my strivers; contend with my contenders. If they urge their suit in the law-court, Lord, meet them there, and beat them at their own weapons. Every saint of God shall have this privilege: the accuser of the brethren shall be met by the Advocate of the saints. "Fight against them that fight against me." If my adversaries try force as well as fraud, be a match for them; oppose thy strength to their strength. Jesus does this for all his beloved - for them he is both intercessor and champion; whatever aid they need they shall receive from him, and in whatever manner they are assaulted they shall be effectually defended. Let us not fail to leave our case into the Lord's hand. Vain is the help of man, but ever effectual is the interposition of heaven. What is here asked for as a boon, may be regarded as a promise, to all the saints; in judgment they shall have a divine advocate, in warfare a divine protection.

Psalm 35:2

"Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help." In vivid metaphor the Lord is pictured as coming forth armed for battle, and interposing himself between his servant and his enemies. The greater and lesser protections of providence may be here intended by the two defensive weapons, find by the Lord's standing up is meant his active and zealous preservation of his servant in the perilous hour. This poetic imagery shows how the Psalmist realised the existence and power of God; and thought of him as a real and actual personage, truly working for his afflicted.

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Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

PSALM 35

Ps 35:1-28. The Psalmist invokes God's aid, contrasting the hypocrisy, cunning, and malice of his enemies with his integrity and generosity. The imprecations of the first part including a brief notice of their conduct, the fuller exposition of their hypocrisy and malice in the second, and the earnest prayer for deliverance from their scornful triumph in the last, are each closed (Ps 35:9, 10, 18, 27, 28) with promises of praise for the desired relief, in which his friends will unite. The historical occasion is probably 1Sa 24:1-22.

1-3. God is invoked in the character of a warrior (Ex 15:3; De 32:41).

Psalm 35:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Contend with those who Contend with Me
1A Psalm of David. Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; Fight against those who fight against me. 2Take hold of buckler and shield And rise up for my help.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 24:15
May the LORD be our judge and decide between us. May he consider my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand."

Psalm 18:43
You have delivered me from the attacks of the people; you have made me the head of nations. People I did not know now serve me,

Psalm 43:1
Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked.

Psalm 56:2
My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me.

Psalm 119:154
Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to your promise.

Isaiah 49:25
But this is what the LORD says: "Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save.
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Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.

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Psalm 119:154 Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to your word.

1 Samuel 24:15 The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and you, and see, …

Proverbs 22:23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those …

Proverbs 23:11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with you.

Jeremiah 51:36 Therefore thus said the LORD; Behold, I will plead your cause, and …

Lamentations 3:58 O LORD, you have pleaded the causes of my soul; you have redeemed my life.

Micah 7:9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against …

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Exodus 14:25 And took off their chariot wheels, that they drove them heavily: …

Joshua 10:42 And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because …

Nehemiah 4:20 In what place therefore you hear the sound of the trumpet, resort …

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Acts 23:9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees' …

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