Contend,1 O LORD, with those who contend with me; fight2 against those who fight against me.
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Take up shield3 and buckler; arise4 and come to my aid.5
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Brandish spear6 and javelin7 against those who pursue me. Say to my soul, "I am your salvation.8"
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May those who seek my life9 be disgraced10 and put to shame;11 may those who plot my ruin be turned back12 in dismay.
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May they be like chaff13 before the wind, with the angel of the LORD 14 driving them away;
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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,
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may ruin overtake them by surprise--18 may the net they hid entangle them, may they fall into the pit,19 to their ruin.
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Then my soul will rejoice20 in the LORD and delight in his salvation.21
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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."
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Ruthless witnesses25 come forward; they question me on things I know nothing about.
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They repay me evil for good26 and leave my soul forlorn.
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Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth27 and humbled myself with fasting.28 When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
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I went about mourning29 as though for my friend or brother. I bowed my head in grief as though weeping for my mother.
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But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;30 attackers gathered against me when I was unaware. They slandered31 me without ceasing.
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Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked;32 they gnashed their teeth33 at me.
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O Lord, how long34 will you look on? Rescue my life from their ravages, my precious life35 from these lions.36
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I will give you thanks in the great assembly;37 among throngs38 of people I will praise you.39
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Let not those gloat over me who are my enemies40 without cause; let not those who hate me without reason41 maliciously wink the eye.42
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They do not speak peaceably, but devise false accusations43 against those who live quietly in the land.
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They gape44 at me and say, "Aha! Aha!45 With our own eyes we have seen it."
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O LORD, you have seen46 this; be not silent. Do not be far47 from me, O Lord.
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Awake,48 and rise49 to my defense! Contend50 for me, my God and Lord.
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Vindicate me in your righteousness, O LORD my God; do not let them gloat51 over me.
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Do not let them think, "Aha,52 just what we wanted!" or say, "We have swallowed him up."53
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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.
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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."61
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My tongue will speak of your righteousness62 and of your praises all day long.63
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