1Contend, O LORD, with those who 1contend with me; Fightagainst those who 2fight against me.
2Takehold of a3buckler and shield And rise up for 4my help.
3Draw also the spear and bthe battle-axe to meet those who pursue me; Say to my soul, "I am 5your salvation."
Let those be 6ashamed and dishonored who seek my clife ; Let those be 7turnedback and humiliated who deviseevil against me.
Let them be 8like chaffbefore the wind, With the angel of the LORDdriving them on.
Let their way be dark and 9slippery, With the angel of the LORDpursuing them.
For 10withoutcause they 11hid their net for me; Withoutcause they dug a dpit for my soul.
Let 12destructioncome upon him unawares , And 13let the netwhich he hidcatch himself; Into that very 14destruction let him fall.
And my soul shall 15rejoice in the LORD ; It shall 16exult in His salvation.
10All my 17bones will say, "LORD, 18who is like You, Who delivers the afflicted from him 19who is toostrong for him, And 20the afflicted and the needy from him who robs him?"
1121Maliciouswitnessesrise up; They ask me of things that I do not know.
They 22repay me evil for good, To the bereavement of my soul.
But as for me, 23when they were sick, my 24clothing was sackcloth ; I 25humbled my soul with fasting, And my 26prayer kept returning to my bosom.
I went about as though it were my friend or brother ; I 27boweddownemourning, as onewhosorrows for a mother.
But 28at my fstumbling they rejoiced and gathered themselves together; The g29smiters whom I did not knowgathered together against me, They h30slandered me withoutceasing.
Like godlessjesters at a feast, They 31gnashed at me with their teeth.
17Lord, 32howlong will You look on? Rescue my soul33from their ravages, My 34only life from the lions.
I will 35give You thanks in the greatcongregation ; I will 36praise You among a mightythrong.
1937Do not let those who are wrongfully38my enemiesrejoice over me; Nor let those 39who hate me withoutcausei40winkmaliciously .
For they do not speakpeace, But they devise41deceitfulwordsagainst those who are quiet in the land.
They 42opened their mouthwideagainst me; They said, "43Aha, aha, our eyes have seen it!"
2244You have seen it, O LORD, 45do not keepsilent ; O Lord, 46do not be far from me.
2347Stir up Yourself, and awake to my right And to my cause, my God and my Lord.
2448Judge me, O LORD my God, according to Your righteousness, And 49do not let them rejoice over me.
Do not let them say in their heart, "50Aha, our desire !" Do not let them say, "We have 51swallowed him up!"
Let 52those be ashamed and humiliatedaltogether who rejoice at my distress ; Let those be 53clothed with shame and dishonor who 54magnify themselves over me.
Let them 55shout for joy and rejoice, whofavor56my vindication ; And 57let them saycontinually, "The LORD be magnified, Who58delights in the prosperity of His servant."
And 59my tongue shall declare Your righteousness And Your praiseallday long.