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Psalms 35:6

    Psalms 35:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Let their way be dark and slippery, And the angel of Jehovah pursuing them.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Let their way be dark and full of danger; let them be troubled by the angel of the Lord.

    Webster's Revision

    Let their way be dark and slippery, And the angel of Jehovah pursuing them.

    World English Bible

    Let their way be dark and slippery, Yahweh's angel pursuing them.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Let their way be dark and slippery, and the angel of the LORD pursuing them.

    Definitions for Psalms 35:6

    Angel - Messenger.
    Let - To hinder or obstruct.
    Persecute - To pursue after in order to overtake.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 35:6

    Let their way be dark - Let them lose their way, be entangled in morasses and thickets, and be confounded in all their attempts to injure me. All these phrases are military; and relate to ambushes, hidden snares, forced marches in order to surprise, and stratagems of different kinds.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 35:6

    Let their way be dark - Margin, as in Hebrew: "darkness." That is, let them not be able to see where they go; what danger they incur; what is before them. The idea is that of persons who wander in the night, not knowing what is before them, or what danger may be near. The succession of images and figures here is terrific. The representation is that of persons scattered as the chaff is before the wind; pursued by the angel seeking vengeance; and driven along a dark and slippery path, with no guide, and no knowledge as to the precipices which may be before them, or the enemies that may be pressing upon them.

    And slippery - Margin, as in Hebrew: "slipperiness." This is a circumstance which adds increased terror to the image. It is not only a dark road, but a road made slippery by rains; a road where they are in danger every moment of sliding down a precipice where they will be destroyed.

    And let the angel of the Lord persecute them - Pursue or follow them. The word "persecute" we use now in the sense of subjecting one to pain, torture, or privation, on account of his religious opinions. This is not the meaning of the word used here. It is simply to "follow" or "pursue." The image is that of the avenging angel following on, or pursuing them in this dark and slippery way; a flight in a dark and dangerous path, with a destroying angel close in the rear.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 35:6

    35:6 Their way - By which they flee, being chased.