Ruthless witnesses come forward; they question me on things I know nothing about. Psalm 35:11 Rumor is a pipe blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures. William Shakespeare, 1564-1616

They reward me evil for good, To the sorrow of my soul. Psalm 35:12 Security means we know a jerk when we see one and we know a crime when we experience one. Beth Moore, b.1957, Christian author and teacher, So Long Insecurity


I paced about (when praying) as though he were my friend or brother. Psalm 35:14a Until I have wept over your souls and agonized in prayer, I have not wrestled with God as I ought to have wrestled, and have not felt for your souls as I ought to feel. Charles Spurgeon, 1834-92

They slandered me without ceasing. they maliciously mocked - Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue my soul from their destructions. Psalm 35:15c-17a Peace and patience march together – one leaning on the other.

(in spite of mistreatment) I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people. Psalm 35:18 It is an undoubted proof of genuine faith, when, however fierce the waves are which beat against us, and however sore the assaults by which we are shaken, we hold fast this as a fixed principle, that we are constantly under the protection of God, and can say to him freely, Thou art our God. John Calvin, 1509-64, French reformer and theologian