|[A Psalm of David.]|
|Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; |
fight against those who fight against me!
|Help Me O Lord!. Psalm 35(v34)|
|Take hold of shield and buckler, |
and rise for my help!
|Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers! |
Say to my soul, "I am your deliverance!"
|Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek after my life! |
Let them be turned back and confounded who devise evil against me!
|Let them be like chaff before the wind, |
with the angel of the LORD driving them on!
|Let their way be dark and slippery, |
with the angel of the LORD pursuing them!
|For without cause they hid their net for me; |
without cause they dug a pit for my life.
|Let ruin come upon them unawares! |
And let the net which they hid ensnare them;
let them fall therein to ruin!
|Then my soul shall rejoice in the LORD, |
exulting in his deliverance.
|All my bones shall say, "O LORD, who is like thee, |
thou who deliverest the weak from him who is too strong for him,
the weak and needy from him who despoils him?"
|Malicious witnesses rise up; |
they ask me of things that I know not.
|They requite me evil for good; |
my soul is forlorn.
|But I, when they were sick -I wore sackcloth, I afflicted myself with fasting. |
I prayed with head bowed on my bosom,
|as though I grieved for my friend or my brother; |
I went about as one who laments his mother, bowed down and in mourning.
|But at my stumbling they gathered in glee, they gathered together against me; |
cripples whom I knew not slandered me without ceasing;
|they impiously mocked more and more, |
gnashing at me with their teeth.
|How long, O LORD, wilt thou look on? |
Rescue me from their ravages, my life from the lions!
|Then I will thank thee in the great congregation; |
in the mighty throng I will praise thee.
|Let not those rejoice over me who are wrongfully my foes, |
and let not those wink the eye who hate me without cause.
|For they do not speak peace, |
but against those who are quiet in the land they conceive words of deceit.
|They open wide their mouths against me; |
they say, "Aha, Aha! our eyes have seen it!"
|Thou hast seen, O LORD; be not silent! |
O Lord, be not far from me!
|Bestir thyself, and awake for my right, |
for my cause, my God and my Lord!
|Vindicate me, O LORD, my God, according to thy righteousness; |
and let them not rejoice over me!
|Let them not say to themselves, "Aha, we have our heart's desire!" |
Let them not say, "We have swallowed him up."
|Let them be put to shame and confusion altogether who rejoice at my calamity! |
Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves against me!
|Let those who desire my vindication shout for joy and be glad, |
and say evermore, "Great is the LORD, who delights in the welfare of his servant!"
|Then my tongue shall tell of thy righteousness |
and of thy praise all the day long.
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