Psalms 35:11

11 Ruthless witnesses come forward; they question me on things I know nothing about.

Psalms 35:11 in Other Translations

11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
11 Malicious witnesses rise up; they ask me of things that I do not know.
11 Malicious witnesses testify against me. They accuse me of crimes I know nothing about.
11 Hostile accusers appear out of nowhere, they stand up and badger me.
11 Malicious witnesses come forward; they question me about things I do not know.

Psalms 35:11 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 35:11

False witnesses did rise up
Against David, saying he sought the hurt of Saul, ( 1 Samuel 24:9 ) , as did against David's antitype, the Lord Jesus Christ, ( Matthew 26:59-61 ) ; and against his apostles, ( Acts 24:5 Acts 24:6 ) ; and very frequently do they rise up and bear false witness against his people, which is a very heinous crime;

they laid to my charge [things] that I knew not:
such as David was not conscious of, never thought of doing, much less attempted to do; as the taking away of Saul's life, the contrary of which appeared by his cutting off his skirt only when he was in his hands, and taking away his spear from his bolster when he could have taken off his head; and such were the things laid to the charge of the Messiah, David's son, who knew no sin, nor did any; and the like are exhibited against his members, who go through good report and bad report, and whose good conversation is falsely accused by malicious men.

Psalms 35:11 In-Context

9 Then my soul will rejoice in the LORDand delight in his salvation.
10 My whole being will exclaim, “Who is like you, LORD? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them.”
11 Ruthless witnesses come forward; they question me on things I know nothing about.
12 They repay me evil for good and leave me like one bereaved.
13 Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting. When my prayers returned to me unanswered,

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Exodus 23:1; S Matthew 26:60; Psalms 27:12
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