Psalm 35:14
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New International Version
I went about mourning as though for my friend or brother. I bowed my head in grief as though weeping for my mother.

New Living Translation
I was sad, as though they were my friends or family, as if I were grieving for my own mother.

English Standard Version
I went about as though I grieved for my friend or my brother; as one who laments his mother, I bowed down in mourning.

New American Standard Bible
I went about as though it were my friend or brother; I bowed down mourning, as one who sorrows for a mother.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I went about grieving as if for my friend or brother; I was bowed down with grief, like one mourning a mother.

International Standard Version
I paced about as for my friend or my brother, and fell down mourning as one weeps for one's mother.

NET Bible
I mourned for them as I would for a friend or my brother. I bowed down in sorrow as if I were mourning for my mother.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have walked as a friend and a brother, and as he who sits in mourning I was saddened.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I walked around as if I were mourning for my friend or my brother. I was bent over as if I were mourning for my mother.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother; I bowed down heavily, as one that mourns for his mother.

King James 2000 Bible
I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourns for his mother.

American King James Version
I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourns for his mother.

American Standard Version
I behaved myself as though it had been my friend or my brother: I bowed down mourning, as one that bewaileth his mother.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As a neighbour and as an own brother, so did I please : as one mourning and sorrowful so was I humbled.

Darby Bible Translation
I behaved myself as though [he had been] a friend, a brother to me; I bowed down in sadness, as one that mourneth [for] a mother.

English Revised Version
I behaved myself as though it had been my friend or my brother: I bowed down mourning, as one that bewaileth his mother.

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

World English Bible
I behaved myself as though it had been my friend or my brother. I bowed down mourning, as one who mourns his mother.

Young's Literal Translation
As if a friend, as if my brother, I walked habitually, As a mourner for a mother, Mourning I have bowed down.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

35:11-16 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother. In every such case I sympathized with the sufferer to such an extent, that my conduct was like that of an intimate friend or a brother. I bowed down heavily, as one that mournsth for his mother. Nay, I went further; I took on all those outward signs of grief which are usual when a man has lost his mother. I "bowed down heavily," as though I could scarcely stand. The Orientals are extreme and exaggerated in their manifestations both of joy and grief (see Herod., 8:99).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother,.... Meaning either Saul or Doeg the Edomite, or some such evil man; somewhat like this he says of Ahithophel, Psalm 41:9; and Arama thinks he is meant here; as Christ of Judas, whom he called friend, when he came to betray him; and who not only ate with him at table of his bread, but was steward of his family, and carried the bag, Matthew 26:50;

I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother; or as a mother that mourneth for her son, as Jarchi interprets it, whose affections are very strong; and thus Christ wept over Jerusalem, and had a tender concern for and sympathy with the Jews, his implacable enemies, and wept over them, and prayed for them, Luke 19:41.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. behaved—literally, "went on"—denoting his habit.

heavily—or, "squalidly," his sorrowing occasioning neglect of his person. Altogether, his grief was that of one for a dearly loved relative.

Psalm 35:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Contend with those who Contend with Me
13But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; I humbled my soul with fasting, And my prayer kept returning to my bosom. 14I went about as though it were my friend or brother; I bowed down mourning, as one who sorrows for a mother. 15But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered themselves together; The smiters whom I did not know gathered together against me, They slandered me without ceasing.…
Cross References
Job 30:25
Have I not wept for those in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor?

Psalm 38:6
I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning.

Psalm 141:5
Let a righteous man strike me--that is a kindness; let him rebuke me--that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.

Ecclesiastes 12:3
when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men stoop, when the grinders cease because they are few, and those looking through the windows grow dim;
Treasury of Scripture

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

I behaved [heb.] I walked as a friend, as brother to me
I bowed

2 Samuel 1:11,12,17 Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise …

Luke 19:41,42 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it…

as one. Or, `as a mourning mother,' []

Genesis 24:67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, …

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