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.