35:1 O Lord, fight 2 those who fight with me!
Attack those who attack me!
56:2 Those who anticipate my defeat 3 attack me all day long.
Indeed, 4 many are fighting against me, O Exalted One. 5
56:3 When 6 I am afraid,
I trust in you.
1 sn Psalm 35. The author, who faces ruthless enemies who seek his life for no reason, begs the Lord to fight his battles for him and to vindicate him by annihilating his adversaries.
2 tn Or “contend.”
3 tn Heb “to those who watch me [with evil intent].” See also Pss 5:8; 27:11; 54:5; 59:10.
4 tn Or “for.”
5 tn Some take the Hebrew term מָרוֹם (marom, “on high; above”) as an adverb modifying the preceding participle and translate, “proudly” (cf. NASB; NIV “in their pride”). The present translation assumes the term is a divine title here. The
6 tn Heb “[in] a day.”