Great Is the Lord
Of David.1 Contend, O Lord, with those who acontend with me;
bfight against those who fight against me!
2Take hold of cshield and buckler
and rise for my help!
3Draw the spear and javelin ▼
▼Or and close the way
against my pursuers!
Say to my soul,
“I am your salvation!”
4 eLet them be fput to shame and dishonor
who seek after my life!
Let them be gturned back and disappointed
who devise evil against me!
5Let them be like hchaff before the wind,
with the angel of the Lord driving them away!
6Let their way be dark and islippery,
with the angel of the Lord pursuing them!
7 For jwithout cause kthey hid their net for me;
without cause they dug la pit for my life. ▼
▼The word pit is transposed from the preceding line; Hebrew For without cause they hid the pit of their net for me; without cause they dug for my life
8Let ndestruction come upon him owhen he does not know it!
And let the net that he hid ensnare him;
let him fall into it—to his destruction!
9 Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord,
pexulting in his salvation.
10All my qbones shall say,
“O Lord rwho is like you,
delivering the poor
from him who is too strong for him,
the poor and needy from him who robs him?”
11 sMalicious ▼
▼Or Violentwitnesses rise up;
they ask me of things that I do not know.
12 uThey repay me evil for good;
my soul is bereft. ▼
▼Hebrew it is bereavement to my soul
13But I, wwhen they were sick—
I xwore sackcloth;
I yafflicted myself with fasting;
I prayed zwith head bowed ▼
▼Or my prayer shall turn backon my chest.
14I went about as though I grieved for my friend or my brother;
as one who laments his mother,
I abbowed down in mourning.
15 But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered;
they gathered together against me;
acwretches whom I did not know
tore at me without ceasing;
16like profane mockers at a feast ▼
▼The meaning of the Hebrew phrase is uncertain
they aegnash at me with their teeth.
17 How long, O Lord, will you aflook on?
Rescue me from their destruction,
agmy precious life from the lions!
18I will thank you in ahthe great congregation;
in the mighty throng I will praise you.
19 aiLet not those rejoice over me
who are ajwrongfully my foes,
and let not those akwink the eye
who alhate me amwithout cause.
20For they do not speak peace,
but against those who are quiet in the land
they devise words of deceit.
21They anopen wide their mouths against me;
they say ao“Aha, Aha!
Our eyes have seen it!”
22 apYou have seen, O Lord; aqbe not silent!
O Lord, arbe not far from me!
23Awake and asrouse yourself for atmy vindication,
for my cause, my God and my Lord!
24 auVindicate me, O Lord, my God,
according to your righteousness,
and avlet them not rejoice over me!
25Let them not say in their hearts,
aw“Aha, our heart’s desire!”
Let them not say ax“We have swallowed him up.”
26 Let them be ayput to shame and disappointed altogether
who rejoice at my calamity!
Let them be azclothed with shame and dishonor
who bamagnify themselves against me!
27 Let those who delight in my righteousness
shout for joy and be glad
bband say evermore,
bc“Great is the Lord,
who bddelights in the welfare of his servant!”
28Then my betongue shall tell of your righteousness
and of your praise all the day long.
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