Psalms 35

Contend with My Opponents

1 Of David. Contend with my opponents, O LORD; fight against those who battle me. 2 Take up Your shield and buckler; arise and come to my aid. 3 Draw the spear and javelin
Or and close the way
against my pursuers; say to my soul: “I [am] your salvation.”
4 May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plan to harm me be driven back and confounded. 5 May they be like chaff in the wind, as the angel of the LORD drives them away. 6 May their path be dark and slick, as the angel of the LORD pursues. 7 For without cause they laid their net for me; without reason they dug a pit for my soul. 8 May ruin befall them by surprise; may the net they hid ensnare them; may they fall into their own destruction. 9 Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD and exult in His salvation. 10 All my bones will exclaim, “Who is like You, O LORD, who delivers the afflicted from the aggressor, the poor and needy from the robber?” 11 Hostile witnesses come forward; they make charges I know nothing {about} . 12 They repay me evil for good, [to] the bereavement of my soul. 13 Yet during their illness, I put on sackcloth; I humbled myself with fasting, but my prayers returned unanswered. 14 I paced about as for my friend or brother; I was bowed down with grief, like one mourning [for his] mother. 15 But when I stumbled, they assembled in glee; they gathered together against me. Assailants I did not know slandered me without ceasing. 16 Like godless jesters
LXX; Hebrew may mean Like a godless circle of mockers,
at a feast, they gnashed their teeth at me.
17 How long, O Lord, will You look on? Rescue my soul from their ravages, my precious life from these lions. 18 Then I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people. 19 Let not my enemies gloat over me without cause, or those who hate me without reason wink in malice. 20 For they do not speak peace, but devise deceitful schemes against those who live quietly in the land. 21 They gape at me and say, “Aha, aha! Our eyes have seen!” 22 O LORD, You have seen it, do not be silent. O Lord, be not far from me. 23 Awake and rise to my defense, to my cause, my God and my Lord! 24 Vindicate me by Your righteousness, O LORD my God, and do not let them gloat over me. 25 Let them not say in their hearts, “Aha, just what we wanted!” Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up!” 26 May those who gloat in my distress be ashamed and confounded; may those who exalt themselves over me be clothed in shame and reproach. 27 May those who favor my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, “Exalted be the LORD who delights in His servant’s well-being.” 28 Then my tongue will proclaim Your righteousness [and] Your praises all day long.
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