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Psalm 7:5 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
5 let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it,
and let him trample my life to the ground
and lay my glory in the dust.
This verse is part of a prayer by the psalmist, who is seeking God’s help and protection against his enemies. In this verse, the psalmist expresses his willingness to suffer and even die at the hands of his enemies if it means that God’s glory will be upheld. The phrase “let him trample my life to the ground” suggests that the psalmist is prepared to endure great suffering and hardship for the sake of God’s glory.
The overall message of this verse is one of trust in God’s protection and faith in His ability to bring victory and deliverance, even in the face of great adversity. It is a reminder that even in the darkest of times, God is sovereign and in control, and His glory will ultimately be upheld.
Let the enemy pursue my soul. Persecute my life, for so the word rendered soul, נֶפֶשׁ, nephesh, is evidently used here. He was willing if he had been guilty of the thing charged upon him, that the enemy here referred to should pursue or persecute him until he should destroy his life. Compare with this the expression of Paul in Acts 25:11. The meaning here is simply that if he were a guilty man, in the manner charged on him, he would be willing to be treated accordingly. He did not wish to screen himself from any just treatment, and if he had been guilty, he would not complain even if he were cut off from the land of the living.
And overtake it. Take my life; put me to death.
And let him trample my life to the ground. The allusion here is to the manner in which the vanquished were often treated in battle when they were ridden over by horses or trampled by men into the dust. The idea of David is that if he were guilty, he would be willing that his enemy should triumph over him, should subdue him, should treat him with the utmost indignity and scorn.
And lay my glory in the dust. All the tokens or marks of my honor or distinction in life. That is, I am willing to be utterly degraded and humbled if I have been guilty of this conduct toward him, who is my enemy. The idea in all this is that David did not wish to screen himself from the treatment which he deserved if he had done wrong. His own principles were such that he would have felt that the treatment here referred to would have been right and proper as a recompense for such base conduct, and he would not have had a word to say against it. His desire for the interposition of God, therefore, arose solely from the fact of his feeling that, in these respects, he was entirely innocent and that the conduct of his enemy was unjust and cruel.
By Albert Barnes and Edward D. Andrews
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