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 venom.
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 deeds (Ps 7:16).
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,| &c.
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).