1 Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God:
Set me on high from them that rise up against me.
2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity,
And save me from the bloodthirsty men.
1-7. Prayer to the Father concerning those who are then of the church, they wish to destroy and slay Him, although He is innocent. P. P.
2-4. By enemies and insurgents are signified the evils and falses which are from hell. A. 10481.
See Psalm iii. 2, 3. E. 671.
3 For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul;
The mighty gather themselves together against me:
Not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O Jehovah.
4 They run and prepare themselves without my fault:
Awake thou to help me, and behold.
6 See Psalm xli. 14. A. 7091.
See Psalm xli. 14. L. 39.
See Psalm xli. 14. T. 93.
5 Even thou, O Jehovah God of hosts, the God of Israel,
Arise to visit all the nations:
Be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. [Selah]
And Thou O Jehovah, God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the nations. D. P., Page 72.
7, 15. Dogs stand for those who within the church are in the lowest place, who prate much about the things of the church and understand little, and in the opposite sense those who treat with contumely the things of faith. A. 7784.
6 They return at evening, they howl like a dog,
And go round about the city.
7, 15, 16. By dogs are meant the vilest men. R. 952-
8 A sword in the opposite sense signifies falsity combating. A. 2799.
7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth;
Swords are in their lips:
For who, say they, doth hear?
By a sword is meant the devastation of truth in the church. R. 52.
Sword signifies the false destroying truth. E. 131.
They fight from falsities against truths. P.P.
8 But thou, O Jehovah, wilt laugh at them;
Thou wilt have all the nations in derision.
9 Because of his strength I will give heed unto thee;
For God is my high tower.
10 My God with his lovingkindness will meet me:
God will let me see my desire upon mine enemies.
11 Slay them not, lest my people forget:
Scatter them by thy power, and bring them down,
O Lord our shield.
9-11. Confidence in the Father. P.P
12 He prays for them.P.P.
12 For the sin of their mouth, and the words of their lips,
Let them even be taken in their pride,
And for cursing and lying which they speak.
13 Consume them in wrath, consume them, so that they
shall be no more:
And let them know that God ruleth in Jacob,
Unto the ends of the earth. [Selah
14 And at evening, let them return, let them howl like a
And go round about the city.
15 They shall wander up and down for food,
And tarry all night if they be not satisfied.
13, 14. They destroy themselves P.P
14 See Psalm xiv. 7. A. 4281.
15, 16. by malice. P.P.
16 But I will sing of thy strength;
Yea, I will sing aloud of thy lovingkindness in the
For thou hast been my high tower,
And a refuge in the day of my distress.
17 Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing praises:
For God is my high tower, the God of my mercy.
17 See Psalm v. 4. E. 179.
17, 18. Confidence respecting help. P.P.
Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)