Psalms 70:3
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3  Let those who seek my life be frustrated and disgraced; let those who wish me harm, fall back in shame.

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ג  יֵבֹשׁוּ וְיַחְפְּרוּ מְבַקְשֵׁי נַפְשִׁי יִסֹּגוּ אָחוֹר וְיִכָּלְמוּ חֲפֵצֵי רָעָתִי׃

 70:3   Let those who seek my life be frustrated and disgraced

Rabbi Samson R. Hirsch (1808-1888)

As a leader of Israel, David leads two lives: A public, national one, and a private one. This psalm focuses on the personal suffering of David which he seeks to always remember, as he writes in the title of the psalm, lehazkir (להזכיר), which literally means to ‘remind’ or ‘mention.’ David has enemies who seek to destroy him personally. They mock him, deceive him and act traitorously toward him, in order that he will be derided in front of the nation. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch notes that David seeks the ultimate failure of these enemies and their shame and humiliation, not out of vengeance, but rather so that these cruel Israelites will repent. Often, it is only the shock and humiliation of defeat that brings one to introspection and to change his errant ways.

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  • We all lead two lives, one public, one private. So all people in a very good sense should be able to relate to this. This being said, How many of us however would and are Kink of Israel? Why does David wish to to make memorial his suffering in his personal life to such an extent. I think this is something we may need to go into latter in some greater detail. i understand on some levels, but need more perspective. i hope you ill be able to help me understand at a latter time? Yes David has enemies that seek to destroy him on a personal level, destroy the whole man, destroy him from within, destroy him completely. Every chance the get they tar him up and mock him in every way. They are relentless. They want David to be maligned before he nation. Shown to be a poor leader, a fool, not worthy to lead. A public joke.David seeks to prove this enemies not only wrong but bot to destroy them but through proving them wrong wake them up to there poor and wicked ways and wake them up to repentance. After all these are still Davids people, perhaps high member of his court that at one time were very productive and good men. In there humiliation they can be brought back to the remembrance of who they were before jealously turned them into animals of despair and treachery.


Psalms 70:3

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