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Psalm 109:4

4 In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer.

Read Psalm 109:4 Using Other Translations

For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.
In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer.
I love them, but they try to destroy me with accusations even as I am praying for them!

What does Psalm 109:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 109:4

For my love they are my adversaries
For the love that Christ showed to the Jews; to their bodies, in going about and healing all manner of diseases among them; to their souls, in preaching, the Gospel to them in each of their cities; and for the love he showed to mankind in coming into the world to save them, which should have commanded love again; but instead of this they became his implacable adversaries: they acted the part of Satan; they were as so many Satans to him, as the word signifies.

But I give myself unto prayer;
or "I am a man of prayer" F25; as Aben Ezra and Kimchi supply it; so he was in the days of his flesh, ( Hebrews 5:7 ) , he was constant at it, and fervent in it; sometimes a whole night together at it: his usual method was, when at Jerusalem, to teach in the temple in the daytime, and at night to go to the mount of Olives, and there abide and pray, ( Luke 6:12 ) ( 21:37 ) ( 22:44 ) . This was the armour he alone made use of against his enemies, when they fought against him, and acted the part of an adversary to him; he betook himself to nothing else but prayer; he did not return railing for railing, but committed himself in prayer to God, who judgeth righteously, ( 1 Peter 2:23 ) , yea, he prayed for those his adversaries: and so Aben Ezra and Kimchi interpret it, that he was a man of prayer for them, and prayed for them; as it is certain Christ did, when he was encompassed by his enemies, and they were venting all their spite and malice against him, ( Luke 23:34 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F25 (hlpt ynaw) "et ego vir orationis", Pagninus, Gejerus.
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