Who will rise up for me against the evildoers?
&c.] These are the words of the psalmist, representing the church of God, under sore persecutions from the antichristian party; called "evildoers", because of their thefts, murders, idolatries, sorceries, and all manner of wickedness committed by them, ( Revelation 9:21 ) , intimating that she had looked all around her, and could not observe any that she could hope for assistance from, to fight her battles for her with the enemy, and deliver her out of his hands: the Targum is,
``who will rise up, for me, to make war with the evildoers?''what the church here seems to say in a despairing way, the followers of antichrist say in a triumphant and insulting manner; "who is like unto the beast who is able to make war with him?" ( Revelation 13:4 ) , or "who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?" to contend or strive with them, as the Targum; suggesting, that she had no friends to appear for her, that had either courage or strength to engage in such a warfare; her case was like that of the oppressed, Solomon speaks of, ( Ecclesiastes 4:1 ) , or the Apostle Paul's, when none stood with him; but all forsook him, excepting the Lord, ( 2 Timothy 4:16 2 Timothy 4:17 ) and so here the church had none to rise up, and stand by her, but the Lord; Michael, the great Prince that stands for the children and people of God, and who is a match for all the enemies of his church; and he will rise and stand up for them, and fight their battles; and overcome the beast and false prophet, with the kings of the earth, ( Daniel 12:1 ) ( Revelation 17:14 ) ( 19:11-20 ) .