Take up shield1 and buckler; arise2 and come to my aid.33
Brandish spear4 and javelina5 against those who pursue me. Say to my soul, "I am your salvation.6"
May those who seek my life7 be disgraced8 and put to shame;9 may those who plot my ruin be turned back10 in dismay.
May they be like chaff11 before the wind, with the angel of the LORD 12 driving them away;
may their path be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
Since they hid their net13 for me without cause14 and without cause dug a pit15 for me,
may ruin overtake them by surprise--16 may the net they hid entangle them, may they fall into the pit,17 to their ruin.
Then my soul will rejoice18 in the LORD and delight in his salvation.1910
My whole being will exclaim, "Who is like you,20 O LORD? You rescue the poor from those too strong21 for them, the poor and needy22 from those who rob them."
Ruthless witnesses23 come forward; they question me on things I know nothing about.
They repay me evil for good24 and leave my soul forlorn.