Psalm 35 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Harass these hecklers, God, punch these bullies in the nose. 1 Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me.
2 Grab a weapon, anything at hand; stand up for me! 2 Take up shield and buckler; arise and come to my aid.
3 Get ready to throw the spear, aim the javelin, at the people who are out to get me. Reassure me; let me hear you say, "I'll save you." 3 Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Say to my soul, "I am your salvation."
4 When those thugs try to knife me in the back, make them look foolish. Frustrate all those who are plotting my downfall. 4 May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay.
5 Make them like cinders in a high wind, with God's angel working the bellows. 5 May they be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them away;
6 Make their road lightless and mud-slick, with God's angel on their tails. 6 may their path be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
7 Out of sheer cussedness they set a trap to catch me; for no good reason they dug a ditch to stop me. 7 Since they hid their net for me without cause and without cause dug a pit for me,
8 Surprise them with your ambush - catch them in the very trap they set, the disaster they planned for me. 8 may ruin overtake them by surprise-- may the net they hid entangle them, may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.
9 But let me run loose and free, celebrating God's great work, 9 Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD and delight in his salvation.
10 Every bone in my body laughing, singing, "God, there's no one like you. You put the down-and-out on their feet and protect the unprotected from bullies!" 10 My whole being will exclaim, "Who is like you, O LORD? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them."
11 Hostile accusers appear out of nowhere, they stand up and badger me. 11 Ruthless witnesses come forward; they question me on things I know nothing about.
12 They pay me back misery for mercy, leaving my soul empty. 12 They repay me evil for good and leave my soul forlorn.
13 When they were sick, I dressed in black; instead of eating, I prayed. 13 Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting. When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
14 My prayers were like lead in my gut, like I'd lost my best friend, my brother. I paced, distraught as a motherless child, hunched and heavyhearted. 14 I went about mourning as though for my friend or brother. I bowed my head in grief as though weeping for my mother.
15 But when I was down they threw a party! All the nameless riffraff of the town came chanting insults about me. 15 But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee; attackers gathered against me when I was unaware. They slandered me without ceasing.
16 Like barbarians desecrating a shrine, they destroyed my reputation. 16 Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked; they gnashed their teeth at me.
17 God, how long are you going to stand there doing nothing? Save me from their brutalities; everything I've got is being thrown to the lions. 17 O Lord, how long will you look on? Rescue my life from their ravages, my precious life from these lions.
18 I will give you full credit when everyone gathers for worship; When the people turn out in force I will say my Hallelujahs. 18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among throngs of people I will praise you.
19 Don't let these liars, my enemies, have a party at my expense, Those who hate me for no reason, winking and rolling their eyes. 19 Let not those gloat over me who are my enemies without cause; let not those who hate me without reason maliciously wink the eye.
20 No good is going to come from that crowd; They spend all their time cooking up gossip against those who mind their own business. 20 They do not speak peaceably, but devise false accusations against those who live quietly in the land.
21 They open their mouths in ugly grins, Mocking, "Ha-ha, ha-ha, thought you'd get away with it? We've caught you hands down!" 21 They gape at me and say, "Aha! Aha! With our own eyes we have seen it."
22 Don't you see what they're doing, God? You're not going to let them Get by with it, are you? Not going to walk off without doing something, are you? 22 O LORD, you have seen this; be not silent. Do not be far from me, O Lord.
23 Please get up - wake up! Tend to my case. My God, my Lord - my life is on the line. 23 Awake, and rise to my defense! Contend for me, my God and Lord.
24 Do what you think is right, God, my God, but don't make me pay for their good time. 24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, O LORD my God; do not let them gloat over me.
25 Don't let them say to themselves, "Ha-ha, we got what we wanted." Don't let them say, "We've chewed him up and spit him out." 25 Do not let them think, "Aha, just what we wanted!" or say, "We have swallowed him up."
26 Let those who are being hilarious at my expense Be made to look ridiculous. Make them wear donkey's ears; Pin them with the donkey's tail, who made themselves so high and mighty! 26 May all who gloat over my distress be put to shame and confusion; may all who exalt themselves over me be clothed with shame and disgrace.
27 But those who want the best for me, Let them have the last word - a glad shout! - and say, over and over and over, "God is great - everything works together for good for his servant." 27 May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, "The LORD be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant."
28 I'll tell the world how great and good you are, I'll shout Hallelujah all day, every day. 28 My tongue will speak of your righteousness and of your praises all day long.