The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords
These were the Ziphites, according to Arama; see ( Psalms 119:85 ) ; the character well agrees with the Scribes and Pharisees, who were proud boasters, and despised others, and often laid snares for Christ to take away his life; and with the enemies of the church and people of God; who, through their pride, persecute them, and are insidious, and use artful methods to ensnare them; as the fowler lays his snare for the bird, and has his cords to draw it to him when it is taken in the snare, to which the allusion is; they have spread a net by the wayside:
they waylaid him; knowing the way he would go, they lay in wait for him, to seize him at once as he went along; see ( John 18:1 John 18:2 ) ; the word "cords" in the preceding clause should be connected with this, and be read, "and with cords they have spread a net by the wayside": it being usual, as Jarchi observes, to fasten a long cord at the top of the net; and when the fowler sees the birds under the net, he draws the cord, and the net falls upon the fowls; they have set gins for me;
all these expressions design the insidiousness, and the private, secret, artful methods, the enemies of David, of Christ and his people, took and do take to ensnare them. Arama interprets the "snare and cords" of the watching of David's house; the "net by the wayside" of posting themselves at the gates of the city, and surrounding it; and gins of spies; see ( 1 Samuel 19:11-24 ) . Selah; on this word, (See Gill on Psalms 3:2).