Psalm 35:8
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New International Version
may ruin overtake them by surprise-- may the net they hid entangle them, may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.

New Living Translation
So let sudden ruin come upon them! Let them be caught in the trap they set for me! Let them be destroyed in the pit they dug for me.

English Standard Version
Let destruction come upon him when he does not know it! And let the net that he hid ensnare him; let him fall into it—to his destruction!

New American Standard Bible
Let destruction come upon him unawares, And let the net which he hid catch himself; Into that very destruction let him fall.

King James Bible
Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let ruin come on him unexpectedly, and let the net that he hid ensnare him; let him fall into it--to his ruin.

International Standard Version
Let destruction come upon them unawares, and let the net that he hid catch him; let him fall into destruction.

NET Bible
Let destruction take them by surprise! Let the net they hid catch them! Let them fall into destruction!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Let evil come against them suddenly, and the net that they have hid will take them and they will fall into the ditch which they have dug.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let destruction surprise them. Let the net that they hid catch them. Let them fall into their own pit and be destroyed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let destruction come upon him at unawares, and let his net that he has hid catch himself; into that very destruction let him fall.

King James 2000 Bible
Let destruction come upon him unawares; and let his net that he has hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.

American King James Version
Let destruction come on him at unawares; and let his net that he has hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.

American Standard Version
Let destruction come upon him unawares; And let his net that he hath hid catch himself: With destruction let him fall therein.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let the snare which he knoweth not come upon him : and let the net which he hath hidden catch him : and let the net which he hath hidden catch him : and into that very snare let them fall.

Darby Bible Translation
Let destruction come upon him unawares, and let his net which he hath hidden catch himself: for destruction let him fall therein.

English Revised Version
Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: with destruction let him fall therein.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.

World English Bible
Let destruction come on him unawares. Let his net that he has hidden catch himself. Let him fall into that destruction.

Young's Literal Translation
Meet him doth desolation -- he knoweth not, And his net that he hid catcheth him, For desolation he falleth into it.
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 8. - Let destruction come upon him at unawares; i.e. let the evil happen to him that he designed against others. As he sought to catch others in traps of which they knew nothing (ver. 7), so let an unexpected destruction come upon him. And let his net that he hath hid catch himself (comp. Psalm 9:15, 16; Psalm 57:6; Psalm 141:10). It is the perfection of poetic justice when "the engineer" is "hoist by his own petard." Into that very destruction lot him fall; rather, for destruction let him fall therein; i.e. let him not only fall into his own trap, but let his fall prove his destruction. David's imprecations have always something about them from which the Christian shrinks; and this is particularly the case when he asks for his enemies' destruction.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let destruction come upon him at unawares,.... Or a "storm" (r), such as is caused in the eastern countries by a south wind, very sudden, violent, and destructive (s): the singular number being here used, some Jewish commentators, as Kimchi, have thought Saul is particularly meant; and some Christian interpreters have been of opinion that Judas is intended: the imprecations here may be compared with those which respect him, Psalm 109:6. Though this may regard every one of the enemies of David, or of Christ and his people, whose ruin and destruction will come upon them unawares; see 1 Thessalonians 5:3;

and let his net that he hath laid catch himself; a figurative expression, agreeable to the allusion before made, and which is explained in the next clause;

into that very destruction let him fall, which he had designed and contrived for others; so Haman was hanged on the same gallows he had prepared for Mordecai; and so it often is in the course of Providence, that the wicked fall into the same calamity they have intended and endeavoured to bring others into; see Psalm 7:15.

(r) "tumultuosa calamitas", Cocceius; so Ainsworth; "tumultus", Vatablus. (s) See Thevenot, Tavernier, &c.



Psalm 35:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Contend with those who Contend with Me
7For without cause they hid their net for me; Without cause they dug a pit for my soul. 8Let destruction come upon him unawares, And let the net which he hid catch himself; Into that very destruction let him fall. 9And my soul shall rejoice in the LORD; It shall exult in His salvation.…
Cross References
1 Thessalonians 5:3
While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

Job 18:8
His feet thrust him into a net; he wanders into its mesh.

Psalm 9:15
The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug; their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.

Psalm 55:23
But you, God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of decay; the bloodthirsty and deceitful will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you.

Psalm 73:18
Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin.

Psalm 141:10
Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.

Isaiah 47:11
Disaster will come upon you, and you will not know how to conjure it away. A calamity will fall upon you that you cannot ward off with a ransom; a catastrophe you cannot foresee will suddenly come upon you.

Jeremiah 17:18
Let my persecutors be put to shame, but keep me from shame; let them be terrified, but keep me from terror. Bring on them the day of disaster; destroy them with double destruction.
Treasury of Scripture

Let destruction come on him at unawares; and let his net that he has hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.

Let destruction. All the verbs in these verses (4-8) in the original, are in the future tense, as a prediction, and should probably be so rendered, though as that tense is frequently used in Hebrew for the imperative, most translators, both ancient and modern, have considered them as an imprecation

Psalm 64:7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.

Psalm 73:18-20 Surely you did set them in slippery places: you cast them down into …

Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be …

Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged …

1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction …

at unawares [heb.] which he knoweth not of
net

Psalm 7:15,16 He made a pit, and dig it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made…

Psalm 57:6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they …

Psalm 141:9,10 Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins …

Proverbs 5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be …

into

1 Samuel 18:17 And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merab, her will …

1 Samuel 31:2-4 And the Philistines followed hard on Saul and on his sons; and the …

2 Samuel 17:2-4,23 And I will come on him while he is weary and weak handed, and will …

2 Samuel 18:14,15 Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with you. And he took three …

Esther 7:10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. …

Matthew 27:3-5 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, …

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