Psalm 35
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The Lord the Avenger of His People

A Psalm of David.

1Plead[a] my cause, O Lord, with those who strive with me;
Fight against those who fight against me.
2Take hold of shield and [b]buckler,
And stand up for my help.
3Also draw out the spear,
And stop those who pursue me.
Say to my soul,
“I am your salvation.”

4Let those be put to shame and brought to dishonor
Who seek after my life;
Let those be turned back and brought to confusion
Who plot my hurt.
5Let them be like chaff before the wind,
And let the [c]angel of the Lord chase them.
6Let their way be dark and slippery,
And let the angel of the Lord pursue them.
7For without cause they have hidden their net for me in a pit,
Which they have dug without cause for my life.
8[d]Let destruction come upon him unexpectedly,
And let his net that he has hidden catch himself;
Into that very destruction let him fall.

9And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord;
It shall rejoice in His salvation.
10All my bones shall say,
Lord, who is like You,
Delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him,
Yes, the poor and the needy from him who plunders him?”

11Fierce witnesses rise up;
They ask me things that I do not know.
12They reward me evil for good,
To the sorrow of my soul.
13But as for me, when they were sick,
My clothing was sackcloth;
I humbled myself with fasting;
And my prayer would return to my own [e]heart.
14I paced about as though he were my friend or brother;
I bowed down [f]heavily, as one who mourns for his mother.

15But in my [g]adversity they rejoiced
And gathered together;
Attackers gathered against me,
And I did not know it;
They tore at me and did not cease;
16With ungodly mockers at feasts
They gnashed at me with their teeth.

17Lord, how long will You look on?
Rescue me from their destructions,
My precious life from the lions.
18I will give You thanks in the great assembly;
I will praise You among [h]many people.

19Let them not rejoice over me who are wrongfully my enemies;
Nor let them wink with the eye who hate me without a cause.
20For they do not speak peace,
But they devise deceitful matters
Against the quiet ones in the land.
21They also opened their mouth wide against me,
And said, “Aha, aha!
Our eyes have seen it.

22This You have seen, O Lord;
Do not keep silence.
O Lord, do not be far from me.
23Stir up Yourself, and awake to my vindication,
To my cause, my God and my Lord.
24Vindicate me, O Lord my God, according to Your righteousness;
And let them not rejoice over me.
25Let them not say in their hearts, “Ah, so we would have it!”
Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”

26Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion
Who rejoice at my hurt;
Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor
Who exalt themselves against me.

27Let them shout for joy and be glad,
Who favor my righteous cause;
And let them say continually,
“Let the Lord be magnified,
Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
28And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness
And of Your praise all the day long.


  1. Psalm 35:1 Contend for me
  2. Psalm 35:2 A small shield
  3. Psalm 35:5 Or Angel
  4. Psalm 35:8 Lit. Let destruction he does not know come upon him,
  5. Psalm 35:13 Lit. bosom
  6. Psalm 35:14 in mourning
  7. Psalm 35:15 limping, stumbling
  8. Psalm 35:18 a mighty
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.

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