Destroy, O Lord
Or "swallow up" F19, as Pharaoh and his host were swallowed up in the Red sea; or as Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, were swallowed up in the earth; so all the enemies of Christ and his church will be destroyed; and death, the last of them, will be swallowed up in victory, ( Isaiah 25:8 ) . The Targum interprets it, "destroy", or "scatter their counsel": but this seems to be intended in the next clause;
[and] divide their tongues:
as at the confusion of languages at Babel, to which the allusion is: this had its accomplishment in Absalom's counsellors according to David's wish, ( 2 Samuel 15:31 ) ( 17:14 ) ; and in the Jewish sanhedrim in Christ's time, and in the witnesses they produced against him, ( Luke 23:51 ) ( Mark 14:59 ) ; and of which there is an instance in the council of the Jews, held on account of the Apostle Paul, ( Acts 23:7 ) ;
for I have seen violence and strife in the
in the city of Jerusalem, now left by David, and possessed by Absalom, by whom "violence" was done to David's wives, through the advice of Ahithophel; and "strife", contention, and rebellion, were fomented among the people: this David saw, understood, and perceived, by the intelligence brought him from time to time: and in the times of Christ the kingdom of heaven suffered "violence" in this place, and he endured the "contradiction" of sinners against himself.