Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at sacred-texts.com
psa 35:3Say - By thy spirit assuring me of it: and by thy providence effecting it.
psa 35:6Their way - By which they flee, being chased.
psa 35:7For - Out of mere malice.
psa 35:10My bones - My whole body, as well as my soul.
psa 35:13Returned - Although my fastings and prayers did them no good.
psa 35:15Gathered - They were so full of joy, that they could not contain it in their own breasts, but sought to communicate it to others. Abjects - Or, vile persons, either for the meanness of their condition, or for their wickedness. Knew not - While I had no suspicion of them. Tear me - My good name with calumnies, and reproaches and curses.
psa 35:16Mockers - They made themselves buffoons and jesters, and accustomed themselves to mock and deride David, that thereby they might gain admittance to the tables of great men, which was all they sought for.
psa 35:17Look on - Without affording me pity or help. Darling - My soul, Heb. my only one; which is now left alone and forsaken by my friends, and hath none to trust in but God.
psa 35:18I will - When I shall be restored to the liberty of the publick assemblies.
psa 35:20For - They breathe out nothing but threatenings and war; they use not open violence but subtile artifices, against me and my followers, who desire nothing more than to live quietly and peaceably.
psa 35:21Wide - To pour forth whole floods of scoffs and slanders. ha - An expression of joy and triumph. Our eye - What we have long desired and hoped for.
psa 35:22This - Thou also hast seen, all their plots and threats, and all my distresses and calamities. Keep not - Be not deaf, to my prayers. The same word signifies, both to be silent, and to be deaf.
psa 35:23Awake - To plead my cause against mine adversaries.