Psalm 35

Prayer for Rescue from Enemies.

1 Contend, O LORD, with those who 1contend with me; Fight against those who 2fight against me.
2 Take hold of 3buckler and shield And rise up for 4my help.
3 Draw also the spear and the battle-axe to meet those who pursue me; Say to my soul, "I am 5your salvation."
4 Let those be 6ashamed and dishonored who seek my life; Let those be 7turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me.
5 Let them be 8like chaff before the wind, With the angel of the LORD driving them on.
6 Let their way be dark and 9slippery, With the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
7 For 10without cause they 11hid their net for me; Without cause they dug a pit for my soul.
8 Let 12destruction come upon him unawares *, And 13let the net which he hid catch himself; Into that very 14destruction let him fall.
9 And my soul shall 15rejoice in the LORD; It shall 16exult in His salvation.
10 All my 17bones will say, "LORD, 18who is like You, Who delivers the afflicted from him 19who is too strong for him, And 20the afflicted and the needy from him who robs him?"
11 21Malicious witnesses rise up; They ask me of things that I do not know.
12 They 22repay me evil for good, To the bereavement of my soul.
13 But as for me, 23when they were sick, my 24clothing was sackcloth; I 25humbled my soul with fasting, And my 26prayer kept returning to my bosom.
14 I went about as though it were my friend or brother; I 27bowed down mourning, as one who sorrows for a mother.
15 But 28at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered themselves together; The 29smiters whom I did not know gathered together against me, They 30slandered me without ceasing.
16 Like godless jesters at a feast, They 31gnashed at me with their teeth.
17 Lord, 32how long will You look on? Rescue my soul 33from their ravages, My 34only life from the lions.
18 I will 35give You thanks in the great congregation; I will 36praise You among a mighty throng.
19 37Do not let those who are wrongfully 38my enemies rejoice over me; Nor let those 39who hate me without cause 40wink maliciously *.
20 For they do not speak peace, But they devise 41deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.
21 They 42opened their mouth wide against me; They said, "43Aha, aha, our eyes have seen it!"
22 44You have seen it, O LORD, 45do not keep silent; O Lord, 46do not be far from me.
23 47Stir up Yourself, and awake to my right And to my cause, my God and my Lord.
24 48Judge me, O LORD my God, according to Your righteousness, And 49do not let them rejoice over me.
25 Do not let them say in their heart, "50Aha, our desire!" Do not let them say, "We have 51swallowed him up!"
26 Let 52those be ashamed and humiliated altogether who rejoice at my distress; Let those be 53clothed with shame and dishonor who 54magnify themselves over me.
27 Let them 55shout for joy and rejoice, who favor 56my vindication; And 57let them say continually, "The LORD be magnified, Who 58delights in the prosperity of His servant."
28 And 59my tongue shall declare Your righteousness And Your praise all day long.
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