Brandish spear1 and javelina2 against those who pursue me. Say to my soul, "I am your salvation.3"
May those who seek my life4 be disgraced5 and put to shame;6 may those who plot my ruin be turned back7 in dismay.
May they be like chaff8 before the wind, with the angel of the LORD 9 driving them away;
may their path be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
Since they hid their net10 for me without cause11 and without cause dug a pit12 for me,
may ruin overtake them by surprise--13 may the net they hid entangle them, may they fall into the pit,14 to their ruin.
Then my soul will rejoice15 in the LORD and delight in his salvation.1610
My whole being will exclaim, "Who is like you,17 O LORD? You rescue the poor from those too strong18 for them, the poor and needy19 from those who rob them."
Ruthless witnesses20 come forward; they question me on things I know nothing about.
They repay me evil for good21 and leave my soul forlorn.
Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth22 and humbled myself with fasting.23 When my prayers returned to me unanswered,