Psalm 35
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1Argue my case, LORD, against those who argue against me. Fight against those who fight against me.1O LORD, oppose those who oppose me. Fight those who fight against me.
2Take up the buckler and the shield, and rise up to help me.2Put on your armor, and take up your shield. Prepare for battle, and come to my aid.
3Take out the spear and the ax to confront the one who pursues me; say to me, "I am your deliverer!"3Lift up your spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Let me hear you say, “I will give you victory!”
4Let those who seek my life be ashamed and disgraced; let those who plot evil against me be driven back and confounded.4Bring shame and disgrace on those trying to kill me; turn them back and humiliate those who want to harm me.
5Make them like the chaff before the wind, as the messenger of the LORD pushes them aside.5Blow them away like chaff in the wind— a wind sent by the angel of the LORD.
6May their path be dark and slippery, as the messenger of the LORD tracks them down.6Make their path dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
7Without justification they laid a snare for me; without justification they dug a pit to trap me.7I did them no wrong, but they laid a trap for me. I did them no wrong, but they dug a pit to catch me.
8Let destruction come upon them unawares, and let the net that he hid catch him; let him fall into destruction.8So let sudden ruin come upon them! Let them be caught in the trap they set for me! Let them be destroyed in the pit they dug for me.
9My soul will rejoice in the LORD and be glad in his deliverance.9Then I will rejoice in the LORD. I will be glad because he rescues me.
10All my bones will say, "LORD, who is like you? Who delivers the weak from the one who is stronger than he, and the weak and the needy from the one who wants to rob him?"10With every bone in my body I will praise him: “LORD, who can compare with you? Who else rescues the helpless from the strong? Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?”
11False witnesses stepped forward and questioned me concerning things about which I knew nothing.11Malicious witnesses testify against me. They accuse me of crimes I know nothing about.
12They paid me back evil for good; my soul mourns.12They repay me evil for good. I am sick with despair.
13But when they were sick, I wore sackcloth, humbled myself with fasting, and prayed from my heart repeatedly for them. 13Yet when they were ill, I grieved for them. I denied myself by fasting for them, but my prayers returned unanswered.
14I paced about as for my friend or my brother, and fell down mourning as one weeps for one's mother.14I was sad, as though they were my friends or family, as if I were grieving for my own mother.
15But when I stumbled, they rejoiced and gathered together. They gathered together against me— attackers whom I did not know. They tore me apart and would not stop.15But they are glad now that I am in trouble; they gleefully join together against me. I am attacked by people I don’t even know; they slander me constantly.
16Malicious mockers — they gnashed their teeth against me.16They mock me and call me names; they snarl at me.
17Lord, how long will you just watch? Rescue me from their destruction, my precious life from these young lions.17How long, O Lord, will you look on and do nothing? Rescue me from their fierce attacks. Protect my life from these lions!
18Then I will give you thanks in front of the great congregation; in the midst of the mighty throng I will praise you.18Then I will thank you in front of the great assembly. I will praise you before all the people.
19Do not let my deceitful enemies gloat over me, nor let those who hate me without justification mock me with their eyes.19Don’t let my treacherous enemies rejoice over my defeat. Don’t let those who hate me without cause gloat over my sorrow.
20For they do not speak peace; they devise clever lies against the peaceful people of the land.20They don’t talk of peace; they plot against innocent people who mind their own business.
21They open their mouth wide against me, claiming, "Yes! Yes! We saw him do it with our own eyes!"21They shout, “Aha! Aha! With our own eyes we saw him do it!”
22You see this, LORD, so do not be silent. Lord, do not be far from me!22O LORD, you know all about this. Do not stay silent. Do not abandon me now, O Lord.
23Wake up! Arouse yourself to vindicate me and argue my case, my God and my Lord.23Wake up! Rise to my defense! Take up my case, my God and my Lord.
24Judge me according to your righteousness, LORD my God! But do not let them gloat over me.24Declare me not guilty, O LORD my God, for you give justice. Don’t let my enemies laugh about me in my troubles.
25Don't let them say in their hearts, "Yes! We got what we wanted." Don't let them say, "We have swallowed him up."25Don’t let them say, “Look, we got what we wanted! Now we will eat him alive!”
26Instead, let those who gloat over the evil directed against me be ashamed and confounded together; Let those who exalt themselves over me be clothed with shame and dishonor.26May those who rejoice at my troubles be humiliated and disgraced. May those who triumph over me be covered with shame and dishonor.
27Let those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and rejoice! Let them continuously say, "Magnify the LORD, who delights in giving peace to his servant."27But give great joy to those who came to my defense. Let them continually say, “Great is the LORD, who delights in blessing his servant with peace!”
28My tongue will declare your righteousness and praise you all day long.28Then I will proclaim your justice, and I will praise you all day long.
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