Psalms 35

Psalm 351

By David.

35:1 O Lord, fight2 those who fight with me!

Attack those who attack me!

35:2 Grab your small shield and large shield,3

and rise up to help me!

35:3 Use your spear and lance4 against5 those who chase me!

Assure me with these words:6 “I am your deliverer!”

35:4 May those who seek my life be embarrassed and humiliated!

May those who plan to harm me be turned back and ashamed!7

35:5 May they be8 like wind-driven chaff,

as the Lord’s angel9 attacks them!10

35:6 May their path be11 dark and slippery,

as the Lord’s angel chases them!

35:7 I did not harm them, but they hid a net to catch me

and dug a pit to trap me.12

35:8 Let destruction take them by surprise!13

Let the net they hid catch them!

Let them fall into destruction!14

35:9 Then I will rejoice in the Lord

and be happy because of his deliverance.15

35:10 With all my strength I will say,16

“O Lord, who can compare to you?

You rescue17 the oppressed from those who try to overpower them;18

the oppressed and needy from those who try to rob them.”19

35:11 Violent men perjure themselves,20

and falsely accuse me.21

35:12 They repay me evil for the good I have done;22

I am overwhelmed with sorrow.23

35:13 When they were sick, I wore sackcloth,24

and refrained from eating food.25

(If I am lying, may my prayers go unanswered!)26

35:14 I mourned for them as I would for a friend or my brother.27

I bowed down28 in sorrow as if I were mourning for my mother.29

35:15 But when I stumbled, they rejoiced and gathered together;

they gathered together to ambush me.30

They tore at me without stopping to rest.31

35:16 When I tripped, they taunted me relentlessly,32

and tried to bite me.33

35:17 O Lord, how long are you going to just stand there and watch this?34

Rescue35 me36 from their destructive attacks;

guard my life37 from the young lions!

35:18 Then I will give you thanks in the great assembly;38

I will praise you before a large crowd of people!39

35:19 Do not let those who are my enemies for no reason40 gloat41 over me!

Do not let those who hate me without cause carry out their wicked schemes!42

35:20 For they do not try to make peace with others,43

but plan ways to deceive those who are unsuspecting.44

35:21 They are ready to devour me;45

they say, “Aha! Aha! We’ve got you!”46

35:22 But you take notice,47 Lord!

O Lord, do not remain far away from me!

35:23 Rouse yourself, wake up48 and vindicate me!49

My God and Lord, defend my just cause!50

35:24 Vindicate me by your justice, O Lord my God!

Do not let them gloat51 over me!

35:25 Do not let them say to themselves,52 “Aha! We have what we wanted!”53

Do not let them say, “We have devoured him!”

35:26 May those who want to harm me be totally embarrassed and ashamed!54

May those who arrogantly taunt me be covered with shame and humiliation!55

35:27 May those who desire my vindication shout for joy and rejoice!

May they continually say,56 “May the Lord be praised,57 for he wants his servant to be secure.”58

35:28 Then I will tell others about your justice,59

and praise you all day long.60

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