Psalm 35:22

ESV You have seen, O LORD; be not silent! O Lord, be not far from me!
NIV LORD, you have seen this; do not be silent. Do not be far from me, Lord.
NASB You have seen it, Lord, do not keep silent; Lord, do not be far from me.
CSB You saw it, Lord; do not be silent. Lord, do not be far from me.
NLT O Lord, you know all about this. Do not stay silent. Do not abandon me now, O Lord.
KJV This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me.

What does Psalm 35:22 mean?

When the unbelieving world invents lies and slander, it's comforting to know that God is not fooled (Hebrews 4:13). David rested assured that the Lord has seen the evil actions and words which unrighteous people wielded against him (Psalm 35:19–21). Every believer can rest in that same comfort: God sees what is happening. No one lifts a finger against a believer without the Lord's awareness of it (Matthew 10:29–31). God's "closeness" in these moments implies His presence and assurance.

Early in Israel's history, God saw their suffering in Egypt. He said, "I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings" (Exodus 3:7). He also planned to act. "I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians," He said (Exodus 3:8).

As in earlier verses, David asks the Lord to work against his enemies and not be silent. When Stephen was being martyred, he looked up and saw "the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God" (Acts 7:56). Obviously, the Lord was watching what was unfolding. He was ready to receive Stephen into His presence. The Lord's all-seeing eyes should be dreaded by the wicked but treasured by the righteous.
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