Psalms 35:7

7 Since they hid their net for me without cause and without cause dug a pit for me,

Psalms 35:7 in Other Translations

KJV
7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.
ESV
7 For without cause they hid their net for me; without cause they dug a pit for my life.
NLT
7 I did them no wrong, but they laid a trap for me. I did them no wrong, but they dug a pit to catch me.
MSG
7 Out of sheer cussedness they set a trap to catch me; for no good reason they dug a ditch to stop me.
CSB
7 They hid their net for me without cause; they dug a pit for me without cause.

Psalms 35:7 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 35:7

For without cause have they hid for me their net [in] a pit,
&c.] This is said in allusion to the custom of digging pits, and putting nets into them, for the catching of wild beasts; and covering them with straw or dust, or such like things, as Jarchi observes, that they might not be discerned; and which intends the secret and crafty methods taken by David's enemies to ensnare him and destroy him; though he had given them no cause to use him in such a manner; which is an aggravation of their sins, and a reason of the above imprecations, as well as of what follows: and in the same manner, and without any just cause, Christ and his members have been treated by wicked men, and therefore their damnation is just, and will be inevitable:

[which] without cause they have digged for my soul;
which is added for further explanation's sake, and to aggravate their sin, and to show the justness of their punishment.

Psalms 35:7 In-Context

5 May they be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them away;
6 may their path be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
7 Since they hid their net for me without cause and without cause dug a pit for me,
8 may ruin overtake them by surprise— may the net they hid entangle them, may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.
9 Then my soul will rejoice in the LORDand delight in his salvation.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Job 18:8
  • 2. S Psalms 7:4
  • 3. S Job 9:31; S Psalms 7:15; S Psalms 55:23