Psalm 35:17
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New International Version
How long, Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my precious life from these lions.

New Living Translation
How long, O Lord, will you look on and do nothing? Rescue me from their fierce attacks. Protect my life from these lions!

English Standard Version
How long, O Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their destruction, my precious life from the lions!

Berean Study Bible
How long, O Lord, will You look on? Rescue my soul from their ravages, my precious life from these lions.

New American Standard Bible
Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue my soul from their ravages, My only life from the lions.

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

Christian Standard Bible
Lord, how long will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages; rescue my precious life from the young lions.

Contemporary English Version
But all you do is watch! When will you do something? Save me from the attack of those vicious lions.

Good News Translation
How much longer, Lord, will you just look on? Rescue me from their attacks; save my life from these lions!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue my life from their ravages, my only one from the young lions.

International Standard Version
Lord, how long will you just watch? Rescue me from their destruction, my precious life from these young lions.

NET Bible
O Lord, how long are you going to just stand there and watch this? Rescue me from their destructive attacks; guard my life from the young lions!

New Heart English Bible
Lord, how long will you look on? Rescue my soul from their destruction, my precious life from the lions.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My Lord, they have lied and you have seen it; bring back my soul from their troubles and my only one from the lions.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O Lord, how long will you look on? Rescue me from their attacks. Rescue my precious life from the lions.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Lord, how long wilt Thou look on? Rescue my soul from their destructions, Mine only one from the lions.

New American Standard 1977
Lord, how long wilt Thou look on? Rescue my soul from their ravages, My only life from the lions.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Lord, how long wilt thou look on? Restore my soul from their destructions, my life from the lions.

King James 2000 Bible
Lord, how long will you look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my precious life from the lions.

American King James Version
Lord, how long will you look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.

American Standard Version
Lord, how long wilt thou look on? Rescue my soul from their destructions, My darling from the lions.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lord, when wilt thou look upon me? rescue thou soul from their malice : my only one from the lions.

Darby Bible Translation
Lord, how long wilt thou look on? Rescue my soul from their destructions, my only one from the young lions.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.

World English Bible
Lord, how long will you look on? Rescue my soul from their destruction, my precious life from the lions.

Young's Literal Translation
Lord, how long dost thou behold? Keep back my soul from their desolations, From young lions my only one.
Study Bible
Contend with My Opponents
16Like godless jesters at a feast, they gnashed their teeth at me. 17How long, O Lord, will You look on? Rescue my soul from their ravages, my precious life from these lions. 18Then I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people.…
Cross References
Psalm 13:1
For the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?

Psalm 22:20
Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of wild dogs.

Psalm 22:21
Save me from the mouth of the lion, at the horns of the wild oxen You have answered Me!

Psalm 35:7
For without cause they laid their net for me; without reason they dug a pit for my soul.

Psalm 57:4
My soul is among the lions; I lie down with ravenous beasts whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.

Habakkuk 1:13
Your eyes are too pure to look on evil, and You cannot tolerate wrongdoing. So why do You tolerate the faithless? Why are You silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?

Treasury of Scripture

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

how

Psalm 6:3 My soul is also sore vexed: but you, O LORD, how long?

Psalm 13:1,2 How long will you forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long will you …

Psalm 74:9,10 We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there …

Psalm 89:46 How long, LORD? will you hide yourself for ever? shall your wrath …

Psalm 94:3,4 LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph…

look

Psalm 10:14 You have seen it; for you behold mischief and spite, to requite it …

Habakkuk 1:13 You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and can not look on iniquity: …

rescue

Psalm 22:20,21 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog…

Psalm 57:4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on …

Psalm 69:14,15 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered …

Psalm 142:6,7 Attend to my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; …

darling [heb.] only one

(17) Darling . . . see margin and Note to Psalm 22:20.

The lions is another suitable epithet for the hostile foreign party, so bitter against the genuine Israelite.

Verse 17. - Lord, how long wilt thou look on? "How long?" is the common cry of sufferers (Job 19:2; Psalm 6:3; Psalm 13:1; Psalm 79:5; Psalm 89:46; Habakkuk 1:2; Revelation 6:10), who do not recognize the wholesome discipline of suffering, or realize the fact implied in the phrase, "No cross, no crown." Man desires immediate deliverance; God mostly delays his deliverance until Patience has "had her perfect work" (James 1:4). Rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling, from the lions (comp. Psalm 22:20). Lord, how long wilt thou look on?.... And behold these injuries and insults, and not arise to help and save? The psalmist firmly believed the omniscience of God, and was well assured he saw all that was done; but he was ready to consider him only as a spectator; or, however, seems impatient until he arose and showed himself strong on his behalf; see Psalm 35:22;

rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions; his "soul" and his "darling" mean the same; either his life, than which nothing is dearer to a man; or his soul, his more noble part, and which was now "alone", or solitary, as the word (a) used signifies; being forsaken of God and men, and was desolate and afflicted, as it is rendered Psalm 25:16; or his whole person, which was among men comparable to lions, for their strength and savageness, who breathed out nothing but cruelty and destruction; from which he desires he might be rescued, or returned to the quiet possession of his own house, and the house of God: the words are much the same with those of the Messiah; see Gill on Psalm 22:20 and See Gill on Psalm 22:21.

(a) "solitariam meam", Piscator, Gejerus, Schmidt, Michaelis; so Ainsworth. 17. darling—(Compare Ps 22:20, 21).35:17-28 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.
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