Verse 26. "Thou writest bitter things against me " - The indictment is filled with bitter or grievous charges, which, if proved, would bring me to bitter punishment.
"The iniquities of my youth " - The Levities and indiscretions of my youth I acknowledge; but is this a ground on which to form charges against a man the integrity of whose life is unimpeachable?
Verse 27. Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks- dsb bassad, "in a clog," such as was tied to the feet of slaves, to prevent them from running away. This is still used in the West Indies, among slave-dealers; and is there called the pudding, being a large collar of iron, locked round the ankle of the unfortunate man. Some have had them twenty pounds' weight; and, having been condemned to carry them for several years, when released could not walk without them! A case of this kind I knew: The slave