may their path be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
Since they hid their net1 for me without cause2 and without cause dug a pit3 for me,
may ruin overtake them by surprise--4 may the net they hid entangle them, may they fall into the pit,5 to their ruin.
Then my soul will rejoice6 in the LORD and delight in his salvation.710
My whole being will exclaim, "Who is like you,8 O LORD? You rescue the poor from those too strong9 for them, the poor and needy10 from those who rob them."
Ruthless witnesses11 come forward; they question me on things I know nothing about.
They repay me evil for good12 and leave my soul forlorn.
Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth13 and humbled myself with fasting.14 When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
I went about mourning15 as though for my friend or brother. I bowed my head in grief as though weeping for my mother.
But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;16 attackers gathered against me when I was unaware. They slandered17 me without ceasing.
Like the ungodly they maliciously mockeda;18 they gnashed their teeth19 at me.