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.