Psalm 35:25

ESV Let them not say in their hearts, “Aha, our heart’s desire!” Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”
NIV Do not let them think, 'Aha, just what we wanted!' or say, 'We have swallowed him up.'
NASB Do not let them say in their heart, 'Aha, our desire!' Do not let them say, 'We have swallowed him up!'
CSB Do not let them say in their hearts, "Aha! Just what we wanted." Do not let them say, "We have swallowed him up! "
NLT Don’t let them say, 'Look, we got what we wanted! Now we will eat him alive!'
KJV Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up.

What does Psalm 35:25 mean?

As he continues his prayer, David again asks the Lord to prevent his enemies from obtaining their wicked desire. In this case, that quest is to see David destroyed by lies (Psalm 35:11–24) and even to be killed (Psalm 35:1–10).

The word "Aha!" comes from the Hebrew he'āh' and is used as a cry of emphasis (Psalm 35:21). The celebration David imagines from his enemies is much like saying "Hah! We got what we wanted!" These foes were consumed with a desire to ruin David, but he believed God would thwart that effort.

The phrase "swallowed up" implies something being totally overwhelmed and covered (Numbers 16:32; Isaiah 25:8; 2 Corinthians 5:4). David's enemies may think they can overwhelm him like a predator gulping down a tiny animal. Yet David knows it is God who can "swallow up" these wicked people. David's foes were fighting a losing battle. God had chosen David to be king over all Israel (1 Samuel 16:13).

The wicked men who crucified Jesus must have thought they had seen the last of Him. But three days later, God raised Jesus from the dead (Galatians 1:1; 1 Peter 1:21). Jesus lives forever, and someday He will rule the nations from the throne of His father David. The enemies of God and His people may gloat for a moment, but ultimately every knee will bow and "every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:11).
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