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Psalms 35:17

    Psalms 35:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Lord, how long will you look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Lord, how long wilt thou look on? Rescue my soul from their destructions, My darling from the lions.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Lord, how long will you be looking on? take my soul from their destruction, my life from the lions.

    Webster's Revision

    Lord, how long wilt thou look on? Rescue my soul from their destructions, My darling from the lions.

    World English Bible

    Lord, how long will you look on? Rescue my soul from their destruction, my precious life from the lions.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.

    Definitions for Psalms 35:17

    Darling - Only one; beloved; sole.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 35:17

    My darling - יחידתי yechidathi, my only one, Psalm 22:20. My united one, or He that is alone. Perhaps this may relate to Christ. See the note on Psalm 22:20.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 35:17

    Lord, how long wilt thou look on? - How long wilt thou witness this without interposing to deliver me, and to punish those who treat me thus? God saw it all. He was able to save him that was thus persecuted and opposed. And yet he did not interpose. He seemed to pay no attention to it. He appeared to be indifferent to it. The psalmist, therefore, asks "how long" this was to continue. did not doubt that God would, at some thee, interpose and save him; but what was so mysterious to him was the fact that he looked so calmly on - that he saw it all, and that he did not interpose when he could so easily do it. The same question we may now ask, and may constantly ask, in regard to the wickedness in the world - "and no one can answer it." No one can tell why God, when he sees the state of things on earth, is so calm (compare the notes at Isaiah 18:4), and apparently so indifferent; why he does not hasten to deliver his people, and to punish the wicked. "Even so, Father, for so it seemeth good in thy sight," is all the answer that can be given to this inquiry. Yet it should have occurred to the psalmist, and it should be observed now, that the fact that God seems to be indifferent to the state of things, does riot proves that he is indifferent. There is an eternity to come, in which there will be ample thee to adjust human affairs, and to develop fully the divine character and counsels.

    Rescue my soul from their destructions - My life from the destruction which they are aiming to accomplish.

    My darling - Margin, "my only one." See the notes at Psalm 22:20. The reference here is to "his own soul" or life. It is the language of tenderness addressed to himself. He had but one soul or life, and that was dear to him, as an only child is dear to its parent.

    From the lions - Enemies, described as lions; having the fierceness and savage fury of lions. In Psalm 22:20 it is, "from the power of the dog." The idea is the same in both places. Compare the notes at Psalm 22:20.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 35:17

    35:17 Look on - Without affording me pity or help. Darling - My soul, Heb. my only one; which is now left alone and forsaken by my friends, and hath none to trust in but God.