Psalm 38:20

20 Those who repay my good with evil lodge accusations against me, though I seek only to do what is good.

Read Psalm 38:20 Using Other Translations

They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.
Those who render me evil for good accuse me because I follow after good.
They repay me evil for good and oppose me for pursuing good.

What does Psalm 38:20 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 38:20

They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries
(See Gill on Psalms 35:12);

because I follow [the thing that] good [is];
or "follow good"; a good God, whom his soul followed hard after, ( Psalms 63:8 ) ; the good Shepherd of the sheep, who led him into green pastures, whither he followed him, ( Psalms 23:1-3 ) ; the good Spirit of God his guide, whom he walked after, ( Romans 8:1 ) ; good and holy men of God, whom he took for examples and copied after; and every good work, which he pursued with eagerness and pleasure; and all this drew upon him the hatred of his adversaries.

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