Psalms 119:85

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

Psalms 119:85 in Other Translations

85 The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.
85 The insolent have dug pitfalls for me; they do not live according to your law.
85 These arrogant people who hate your instructions have dug deep pits to trap me.
85 The arrogant godless try to throw me off track, ignorant as they are of God and his ways.
85 The arrogant have dug pits for me; they violate Your instruction.

Psalms 119:85 Meaning and Commentary

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.

Psalms 119:85 In-Context

83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget your decrees.
84 How long must your servant wait? When will you punish my persecutors?
85 The arrogant dig pits to trap me, contrary to your law.
86 All your commands are trustworthy; help me, for I am being persecuted without cause.
87 They almost wiped me from the earth, but I have not forsaken your precepts.

Cross References 2

  • 1. ver 51
  • 2. Psalms 35:7; Psalms 57:6; Jeremiah 18:20,22
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