Psalm 35
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1A Psalm of David. Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.1Davidic. Oppose my opponents, LORD; fight those who fight me.
2Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.2Take Your shields--large and small-- and come to my aid.
3Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.3Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers, and assure me: "I am your deliverance."
4Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.4Let those who seek to kill me be disgraced and humiliated; let those who plan to harm me be turned back and ashamed.
5Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them.5Let them be like chaff in the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them away.
6Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.6Let their way be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
7For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.7They hid their net for me without cause; they dug a pit for me without cause.
8Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.8Let ruin come on him unexpectedly, and let the net that he hid ensnare him; let him fall into it--to his ruin.
9And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.9Then I will rejoice in the LORD; I will delight in His deliverance.
10All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?10My very bones will say," LORD, who is like You, rescuing the poor from one too strong for him, the poor or the needy from one who robs him?"
11False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.11Malicious witnesses come forward; they question me about things I do not know.
12They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.12They repay me evil for good, making me desolate.
13But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.13Yet when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; I humbled myself with fasting, and my prayer was genuine.
14I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.14I went about grieving as if for my friend or brother; I was bowed down with grief, like one mourning a mother.
15But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not:15But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee; they gathered against me. Assailants I did not know tore at me and did not stop.
16With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.16With godless mockery they gnashed their teeth at me.
17Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.17Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue my life from their ravages, my only one from the young lions.
18I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.18I will praise You in the great congregation; I will exalt You among many people.
19Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.19Do not let my deceitful enemies rejoice over me; do not let those who hate me without cause look at me maliciously.
20For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.20For they do not speak in friendly ways, but contrive deceitful schemes against those who live peacefully in the land.
21Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.21They open their mouths wide against me and say," Aha, aha! We saw it!"
22This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me.22You saw it, LORD; do not be silent. Lord, do not be far from me.
23Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.23Wake up and rise to my defense, to my cause, my God and my LORD!
24Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.24Vindicate me, LORD my God, in keeping with Your righteousness, and do not let them rejoice over me.
25Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up.25Do not let them say in their hearts," Aha! Just what we wanted." Do not let them say," We have swallowed him up!"
26Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.26Let those who rejoice at my misfortune be disgraced and humiliated; let those who exalt themselves over me be clothed with shame and reproach.
27Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.27Let those who want my vindication shout for joy and be glad; let them continually say," The LORD be exalted. He takes pleasure in His servant's well-being."
28And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.28And my tongue will proclaim Your righteousness, Your praise all day long.
King James Bible, text courtesy of Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission.
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