Psalm 35:12
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English Standard Version
They repay me evil for good; my soul is bereft.

King James Bible
They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.

American Standard Version
They reward me evil for good, To the bereaving of my soul.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They repaid me evil for good : to the depriving me of my soul.

English Revised Version
They reward me evil for good, to the bereaving of my soul.

Webster's Bible Translation
They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Throughout the next two strophes follow terrible imprecations. According to Frst and others the relation of בּושׁ and חפר is like that of erblassen, to turn pale (cf. Isaiah 29:22 with Psalm 34:6), and errצthen, to turn red, to blush. בושׁ has, however, no connection with בוץ, nor has חפר, Arab. chfr, chmr, any connection with Arab. hmr, to be red; but, according to its radical notion, בּושׁ means disturbari (vid., Psalm 6:11), and חפר, obtegere, abscondere (vid., Psalm 34:6). יסּגוּ, properly "let them be made to fall back" (cf. e.g., Isaiah 42:17). On the figure on Psalm 35:5 cf. Psalm 83:14. The clauses respecting the Angel of Jahve, Psalm 35:5 and Psalm 35:6, are circumstantial clauses, viz., clauses defining the manner. דּחה (giving, viz., them, the push that shall cause their downfall, equivalent to דּחם or דּחם, Psalm 68:28) is closely connected with the figure in Psalm 35:6, and רדפם, with the figure in Psalm 35:5; consequently it seems as though the original position of these two clauses respecting the Angel of Jahve had been disturbed; just as in Psalm 34, the ע strophe and the פ strophe have changed their original places. It is the Angel, who took off Pharaoh's chariot wheels so that they drave them heavily (Exodus 14:25) that is intended here. The fact that this Angel is concerned here, where the point at issue is whether the kingship of the promise shall be destroyed at its very beginning or not, harmonises with the appearing of the מלאך ה at all critical junctures in the course of the history of redemption. חלקלקּות, loca passim lubrica, is an intensive form of expression for חלקות rof noisserp, Psalm 73:18. Just as דּחה recalls to mind Exodus 15, so רדפם recalls Judges 5. In this latter passage the Angel of Jahve also appears in the midst of the conquerors who are pursuing the smitten foe, incarnate as it were in Deborah.

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they.

Psalm 38:20 They also that render evil for good are my adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.

Psalm 109:3-5 They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause...

1 Samuel 19:4,5,15 And Jonathan spoke good of David to Saul his father, and said to him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David...

1 Samuel 22:13,14 And Saul said to him, Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, in that you have given him bread, and a sword...

Proverbs 17:13 Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

Jeremiah 18:20 Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have dig a pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before you to speak good for them...

John 10:32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of those works do you stone me?

spoiling [heb.] depriving

1 Samuel 20:31-33 For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the ground, you shall not be established, nor your kingdom. Why now send and fetch him to me...

Luke 23:21-23 But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him...

my soul. Or, `my life,' as the word nephesh frequently denotes

Cross References
John 10:32
Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?"

Psalm 38:20
Those who render me evil for good accuse me because I follow after good.

Psalm 109:5
So they reward me evil for good, and hatred for my love.

Proverbs 17:13
If anyone returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house.

Jeremiah 18:20
Should good be repaid with evil? Yet they have dug a pit for my life. Remember how I stood before you to speak good for them, to turn away your wrath from them.

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