Contend,1 O LORD, with those who contend with me; fight2 against those who fight against me.
Take up shield3 and buckler; arise4 and come to my aid.53
Brandish spear6 and javelina7 against those who pursue me. Say to my soul, "I am your salvation.8"
May those who seek my life9 be disgraced10 and put to shame;11 may those who plot my ruin be turned back12 in dismay.
May they be like chaff13 before the wind, with the angel of the LORD14 driving them away;
may their path be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
Since they hid their net15 for me without cause16 and without cause dug a pit17 for me,
may ruin overtake them by surprise--18 may the net they hid entangle them, may they fall into the pit,19 to their ruin.
Then my soul will rejoice20 in the LORD and delight in his salvation.2110
My whole being will exclaim, "Who is like you,22 O LORD? You rescue the poor from those too strong23 for them, the poor and needy24 from those who rob them."
Ruthless witnesses25 come forward; they question me on things I know nothing about.
They repay me evil for good26 and leave my soul forlorn.
Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth27 and humbled myself with fasting.28 When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
I went about mourning29 as though for my friend or brother. I bowed my head in grief as though weeping for my mother.
But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;30 attackers gathered against me when I was unaware. They slandered31 me without ceasing.
Like the ungodly they maliciously mockedb;32 they gnashed their teeth33 at me.
O Lord, how long34 will you look on? Rescue my life from their ravages, my precious life35 from these lions.3618
I will give you thanks in the great assembly;37 among throngs38 of people I will praise you.3919
Let not those gloat over me who are my enemies40 without cause; let not those who hate me without reason41 maliciously wink the eye.4220
They do not speak peaceably, but devise false accusations43 against those who live quietly in the land.
They gape44 at me and say, "Aha! Aha!45 With our own eyes we have seen it."
O LORD, you have seen46 this; be not silent. Do not be far47 from me, O Lord.
Awake,48 and rise49 to my defense! Contend50 for me, my God and Lord.
Vindicate me in your righteousness, O LORD my God; do not let them gloat51 over me.
Do not let them think, "Aha,52 just what we wanted!" or say, "We have swallowed him up."5326
May all who gloat54 over my distress55 be put to shame56 and confusion; may all who exalt themselves over me57 be clothed with shame and disgrace.
May those who delight in my vindication58 shout for joy59 and gladness; may they always say, "The LORD be exalted, who delights60 in the well-being of his servant."6128
My tongue will speak of your righteousness62 and of your praises all day long.63