Have hunted me
Like a bird.
They flung me
Into a pit.
They hurled stones
Over my head.
‘I am lost.’”
This personal story continues. The author’s enemies have hunted him down like a bird, even though there was no reason to do so. They have flung him alive into a pit and threw stones over him. Then water closed over his head in this pit. He finally said that he was lost with no way out. This is reminiscent of Jeremiah in the cistern well under King Zedekiah in Jeremiah, chapter 38. These three verses start with the Hebrew consonant letter Cade in this acrostic poem.
“Those who surround me lift up their heads.
Let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!
Let burning coals fall upon them!
Let them be flung into the pits!
Let them rise no more!
Let not the slanderer be established in the land!
Let evil speedily hunt down the violent!”
Now David outlines his requests against those attacking him. He wanted Yahweh to act against them. He wanted the mischief of their lips to overwhelm them. He wanted burning coals to fall on them. He wanted them flung into the deadly pits so that they could not rise again. He did not want any slanderers in the land at all. He wanted the violent hunted down quickly. David certainly did not like his enemies, these slanderers.