Psalm 43:1
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New International Version
Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked.

King James Bible
Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.

Darby Bible Translation
Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation; deliver me from the deceitful and unrighteous man.

World English Bible
Vindicate me, God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation. Oh, deliver me from deceitful and wicked men.

Young's Literal Translation
Judge me, O God, And plead my cause against a nation not pious, From a man of deceit and perverseness Thou dost deliver me,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Judge me, O God, and plead my cause - ריבה ריבי ribah ribi, a forensic term, properly enough translated, plead my cause, be my counsellor and advocate.

Ungodly nation - The Babylonians; the impious, perfidious, wicked, and deceitful Babylonians.

The deceitful and unjust man - Nebuchadnezzar.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


2983 B.C.

1021 (Title.) This Psalm is evidently a continuation of the preceding, and had the same author; and they are written as one in forty-six MSS. The sameness of subject, similarity of composition, and return of the same burden in both, are sufficient evidence of this opinion


Psalm 7:8 The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to my integrity that is in me.

Psalm 26:1 Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in my integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.

Psalm 35:24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to your righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.

Psalm 75:7 But God is the judge: he puts down one, and sets up another.

1 Corinthians 4:4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judges me is the Lord.

1 Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judges righteously:


Psalm 35:1 Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.

1 Samuel 24:15 The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and you, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of your hand.

Proverbs 22:23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

Proverbs 23:11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with you.

Micah 7:9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me...

ungodly. or, unmerciful
the deceitful [heb.] a man of deceit and iniquity

Psalm 71:4 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.

2 Samuel 15:31 And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I pray you...

2 Samuel 16:20-23 Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do...

2 Samuel 17:1-4 Moreover Ahithophel said to Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night...

The Psalmist's Remonstrance with his Soul
'Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope in God: for I shall yet praise Him, the health of my countenance, and my God.'--PSALM xliii. 5. This verse, which closes this psalm, occurs twice in the previous one. It is a kind of refrain. Obviously this little psalm, of which my text is a part, was originally united with the preceding one. That the two made one is clear to anybody that will read them, by reason of structure, and tone, and similarity of the singer's
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Promises.
GOD hath strewed all the way from the gate of hell where thou wast, coming sinner, to the gate of heaven whither thou art going, with flowers out of his own garden. Behold how the promises, invitations, calls, and encouragements, like lilies, lie about thee. Take heed thou dost not tread them under foot. You say you believe the Scriptures to be the word of God. I say, Wert thou ever quickened from a dead state by the power of the Spirit of Christ through the covenant of promise? I tell thee from
John Bunyan—The Riches of Bunyan

Cross References
Genesis 30:6
Then Rachel said, "God has vindicated me; he has listened to my plea and given me a son." Because of this she named him Dan.

1 Samuel 24:15
May the LORD be our judge and decide between us. May he consider my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand."

Psalm 5:6
you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, LORD, detest.

Psalm 7:8
Let the LORD judge the peoples. Vindicate me, LORD, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High.

Psalm 26:1
Of David. Vindicate me, LORD, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the LORD and have not faltered.

Psalm 35:1
Of David. Contend, LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me.

Psalm 35:24
Vindicate me in your righteousness, LORD my God; do not let them gloat over me.

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