Psalms 35

A Psalm of David.

1 Judge, O Lord, those that injure me, fight against them that fight against me. 2Take hold of shield and buckler, and arise for my help. 3Bring forth a sword, and stop the way against them that persecute me; say to my soul, I am your salvation. 4Let them that seek my soul be ashamed and confounded; let them that devise evils against me be turned back and put to shame. 5Let them be as dust before the wind, and an angel of the Lord afflicting them. 6Let their way be dark and slippery, and an angel of the Lord persecuting them. 7For without cause they have hid for me their destructive snare; without a cause they have reproached my soul. 8Let a snare which they know not come upon them; and the net which they hid take them; and let them fall into the very same snare. 9But my soul shall exalt in the Lord; it shall delight in His salvation. 10All my bones shall say, O Lord, who is like You? Delivering the poor out of the hand of them that are stronger than he, yea, the poor and needy one from them that spoil him. 11Unjust witnesses arose, and asked me of things I knew not. 12They rewarded me evil for good, and bereavement to my soul. 13But I, when they troubled me, put on sackcloth, and humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer shall return to my own bosom. 14I behaved agreeably towards them as if it had been our neighbor or brother; I humbled myself as one mourning and sad of countenance. 15Yet they rejoiced against me, and plagues were plentifully brought against me, and I knew it not; they were scattered, but repented not. 16They tempted me, they sneered at me most contemptuously, they gnashed their teeth upon me. 17O Lord, when will You look upon me? Deliver my soul from their mischief, my only begotten one from the lions. 18I will give thanks to You even in a great congregation; in an abundant people I will praise You. 19Let not them that are my enemies rejoice against me without a cause; who hate me for nothing, and wink with their eyes. 20For to me they spoke peaceably, but imagined deceits in their anger. 21And they opened wide their mouth upon me; they said Aha, aha, our eyes have seen it. 22You have seen it, O Lord; keep not silence; O Lord, withdraw not Yourself from me. 23Awake, O Lord, and attend to my judgment, even to my cause, my God and my Lord. 24Judge me, O Lord, according to Your righteousness, O Lord my God; and let them not rejoice against me. 25Let them not say in their hearts, Aha, aha, it is pleasing to our soul; neither let them say, We have devoured him. 26Let them be confounded and ashamed together that rejoice at my afflictions; let them be clothed with shame and confusion that speak great swelling words against me. 27Let them that rejoice in my righteousness exalt and be glad; and let them say continually, The Lord be magnified, who desires the peace of His servant. 28And my tongue shall meditate on Your righteousness, and on Your praise all the day.
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