Psalm 35 NIV

Of David.

1 Contend,1 O LORD, with those who contend with me; fight2 against those who fight against me.

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2 Take up shield3 and buckler; arise4 and come to my aid.5

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3 Brandish spear6 and javelina7 against those who pursue me. Say to my soul, "I am your salvation.8"

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    • a 35:3 - Or "and block the way"
      4 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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      5 May they be like chaff13 before the wind, with the angel of the LORD 14 driving them away;

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      6 may their path be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
      7 Since they hid their net15 for me without cause16 and without cause dug a pit17 for me,

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      8 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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      9 Then my soul will rejoice20 in the LORD and delight in his salvation.21

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      10 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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      11 Ruthless witnesses25 come forward; they question me on things I know nothing about.

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      12 They repay me evil for good26 and leave my soul forlorn.

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      13 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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      14 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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      15 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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      16 Like the ungodly they maliciously mockedb;32 they gnashed their teeth33 at me.

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        • b 35:16 - Septuagint; Hebrew may mean "ungodly circle of mockers."
          17 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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          18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly;37 among throngs38 of people I will praise you.39

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          19 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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          20 They do not speak peaceably, but devise false accusations43 against those who live quietly in the land.

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          21 They gape44 at me and say, "Aha! Aha!45 With our own eyes we have seen it."

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          22 O LORD, you have seen46 this; be not silent. Do not be far47 from me, O Lord.

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          23 Awake,48 and rise49 to my defense! Contend50 for me, my God and Lord.

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          24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, O LORD my God; do not let them gloat51 over me.

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          25 Do not let them think, "Aha,52 just what we wanted!" or say, "We have swallowed him up."53

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          26 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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          27 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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          28 My tongue will speak of your righteousness62 and of your praises all day long.63

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