Psalms 27:12

12 Do not deliver me over to the 1desire of my adversaries, For 2false witnesses have risen against me, And such as 3breathe out violence.

Psalms 27:12 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 27:12

Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies
It is a dreadful thing for a man to be given up to his own heart's lusts, and to be delivered up into the hands of Satan; who would fain have even the people of God themselves in his hands, that he might distress them at pleasure, if not destroy them; and also to be suffered to fall into the hands of wicked men, whose tender mercies are cruel;

for false witnesses are risen up against me;
laying to his charge, that he sought to take away from Saul his crown and kingdom, and even his life, ( 1 Samuel 24:9 ) ;

and such as breathe out cruelty;
as Doeg the Edomite, whose tongue was as a sharp razor, and by whose hands four score and five priests were slain, on account of David's being supplied with bread by Ahimelech; the word is in the singular number; see ( Psalms 52:1-4 ) ( 1 Samuel 22:18 ) ; compare with this clause ( Acts 9:1 ) ; and Horace's phrase, "Spirabat amores" F12.


F12 Carmin. l. 4. Ode. 13. v. 19.

Psalms 27:12 In-Context

10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me, But the LORD will take me up.
11 Teach me Your way, O LORD , And lead me in a level path Because of my foes.
12 Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries, For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence.
13 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.
14 Wait for the LORD ; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD .

Cross References 3

  • 1. Psalms 41:2
  • 2. Deuteronomy 19:18; Psalms 35:11; Matthew 26:60
  • 3. Acts 9:1

Footnotes 1

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