Ps 140:1-13. The style of this Psalm resembles those
of David in the former part of the book, presenting the usual
complaint, prayer, and confident hope of relief.
1. evil man—Which of David's enemies is
meant is not important.
2-5. This character of the wicked, and the
devices planned against the pious, correspond to Ps 10:7;
31:13; 58:4, &c.
3. sharpened … like a serpent—not
like a serpent does, but they are thus like a serpent in cunning and
5. snare [and] net—for
threatening dangers (compare Ps 38:12; 57:6).
6. (Compare Ps 5:1-12; 16:2).
7. day of battle—literally, "of armor,"
that is, when using it.
8. (Compare Ps 37:12; 66:7).
lest they exalt themselves—or, they
will be exalted if permitted to prosper.
9. Contrasts his head covered by God (Ps 140:7) with theirs, or (as "head" may be
used for "persons") with them, covered with the results of their wicked
10. (Compare Ps 11:6; 120:4).
cast into the fire; into deep
pits—figures for utter destruction.
11. an evil speaker—or, "slanderer" will
not be tolerated (Ps 101:7).
The last clause may be translated: "an evil (man) He (God) shall hunt,"
12. (Compare Ps 9:4).
13. After all changes, the righteous shall
have cause for praise. Such
shall dwell—shall sit securely, under
God's protection (Ps 21:6; 41:12).