Psalm 119:85

85 The arrogant dig pits to trap me, contrary to your law.

Read Psalm 119:85 Using Other Translations

The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.
The insolent have dug pitfalls for me; they do not live according to your law.
These arrogant people who hate your instructions have dug deep pits to trap me.

What does Psalm 119:85 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 119:85

The proud have digged pits for me
Laid snares and temptations in his way, to draw him into sin, and so into mischief; they sought indeed to take away his life, and formed schemes for it. The allusion is to the digging of pits for the taking of wild beasts; which shows the ill opinion they had of David, and their ill usage of him; see ( Psalms 7:15 ) ( 9:15 ) ;

which [are] not after thy law;
no, contrary to it; which forbids the digging of a pit, and leaving it uncovered, so that a neighbour's beast might fall into it, ( Exodus 21:33 Exodus 21:34 ) ; and if those might not be dug to the injury of beasts, then much less to the injury of men, to the hurt of the servants of the Lord, or to the shedding of innocent blood, which the law forbids.

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