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Psalms 35:23

23 Awake, and rise to my defense! Contend for me, my God and Lord.

Psalms 35:23 in Other Translations

KJV
23 Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.
ESV
23 Awake and rouse yourself for my vindication, for my cause, my God and my Lord!
NLT
23 Wake up! Rise to my defense! Take up my case, my God and my Lord.
MSG
23 Please get up - wake up! Tend to my case. My God, my Lord - my life is on the line.
CSB
23 Wake up and rise to my defense, to my cause, my God and my Lord!

Psalms 35:23 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 35:23

Stir up thyself and awake
Who seemed to be asleep in the apprehensions of the psalmist, and to take no notice of his distresses, and the insults of his enemies; see ( Psalms 44:23 ) ; he adds,

to my judgment, [even] to my cause;
that is, to plead it and maintain it, and avenge him of his enemies, as in ( Psalms 35:1 ) ; making use of his covenant interest in him as a plea for it to engage him to do it, saying,

my God, and my Lord;
see ( Psalms 22:1 ) .

Psalms 35:23 In-Context

21 They sneer at me and say, “Aha! Aha! With our own eyes we have seen it.”
22 LORD, you have seen this; do not be silent. Do not be far from me, Lord.
23 Awake, and rise to my defense! Contend for me, my God and Lord.
24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, LORD my God; do not let them gloat over me.
25 Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!” or say, “We have swallowed him up.”

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Psalms 7:6; Psalms 80:2; Psalms 44:23
  • 2. Psalms 17:13
  • 3. S 1 Samuel 24:15
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