Psalm 35:2
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New International Version
Take up shield and armor; arise and come to my aid.

New Living Translation
Put on your armor, and take up your shield. Prepare for battle, and come to my aid.

English Standard Version
Take hold of shield and buckler and rise for my help!

New American Standard Bible
Take hold of buckler and shield And rise up for my help.

King James Bible
Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Take Your shields--large and small-- and come to my aid.

International Standard Version
Take up the buckler and the shield, and rise up to help me.

NET Bible
Grab your small shield and large shield, and rise up to help me!

New Heart English Bible
Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Take arms and a shield and stand up for my help.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Use your shields, [both] small and large. Arise to help me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Take hold of shield and buckler, And rise up to my help.

New American Standard 1977
Take hold of buckler and shield,
            And rise up for my help.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up in my help.

King James 2000 Bible
Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help.

American King James Version
Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help.

American Standard Version
Take hold of shield and buckler, And stand up for my help.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Take hold of arms and shield : and rise up to help me.

Darby Bible Translation
Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help;

English Revised Version
Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.

Webster's Bible Translation
Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help.

World English Bible
Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help.

Young's Literal Translation
Take hold of shield and buckler, and rise for my help,
Study Bible
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. 3Draw also the spear and the battle-axe to meet those who pursue me; Say to my soul, "I am your salvation."…
Cross References
Psalm 44:26
Rise up, be our help, And redeem us for the sake of Your lovingkindness.

Psalm 91:4
He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.
Treasury of Scripture

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

Psalm 7:12,13 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he has bent his bow, and …

Exodus 15:3 The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.

Deuteronomy 32:41,42 If I whet my glittering sword, and my hand take hold on judgment; …

Isaiah 13:5 They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, …

Isaiah 42:13 The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy …

(2) Shield and buckler.--Better, buckler and shield, as the first (Heb., magen) suggests a small, the latter (tsinnah) a large shield covering the whole body. Greek, ?????? (see Note, Psalm 5:12.) Notice that the poet, in the intensity of his purpose, overlooks the anomaly of arming a warrior with two shields at once. The bold flight of imagination that could picture the Divine Being as a warrior, a picture common in Hebrew poetry, but here more vividly realised than anywhere else except Isaiah 63:1, may well excuse such a lapse.

Verse 2. - Take hold of shield and buckler. "The shield (magen) was a smaller hand-weapon; the buckler (tsinnah)covered the whole body" (Kay). The "shield and buckler" are put forward first, because it is primarily defence and protection that David needs. His adversaries are the aggressors; he is on the defensive; Saul is hunting him upon the mountains. And stand up for mine help (comp. Psalm 7:6). Standing is the natural posture of one who interposes to help another. Take hold of shield and buckler,.... Defensive weapons; not that the Lord stands in need of any of these to defend himself with: but the sense is, that he would be as these to David; as he was to him, and is to all his people; namely, their shield and buckler: he gives unto them the shield of salvation; he encompasses them about with his favour as with a shield, and keeps them by his power safe from all their enemies;

and stand up for mine help; for which the Lord arises, and stands by his people, and against their enemies, delivering them out of their hands. 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!
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