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1By David:
Adonai, oppose those who oppose me;
fight against those who fight against me.
2Grasp your shield and protective gear,
and rise to my defense.
3Brandish spear and battle-axe
against my pursuers;
let me hear you say,
“I am your salvation.”
4May those who seek my life
be disgraced and put to confusion;
may those who are plotting harm for me
be repulsed and put to shame.
5May they be like chaff before the wind,
with the angel of Adonai to drive them on.
6May their way be dark and slippery,
with the angel of Adonai to pursue them.
7For unprovoked, they hid their net over a pit;
unprovoked, they dug it for me.
8May destruction come over him unawares.
May the net he concealed catch himself;
may he fall into it and be destroyed.
9Then I will be joyful in Adonai,
I will rejoice in his salvation.
10All my bones will say,
“Who is like you?
Who can rescue the weak
from those stronger than they,
the poor and needy
from those who exploit them?”
11Malicious witnesses come forward,
asking me things about which I know nothing.
12They repay me evil for good;
it makes me feel desolate as a parent bereaved.
13But I, when they were ill, wore sackcloth;
I put myself out and fasted;
I can pray that what I prayed for them
might also happen to me.
14I behaved as I would for my friend or my brother;
I bent down in sorrow as if mourning my mother.
15But when I stumble, they gather in glee;
they gather against me and strike me unawares;
they tear me apart unceasingly.
16With ungodly mocking and grimacing,
they grind their teeth at me.
17Adonai, how much longer will you look on?
Rescue me from their assaults,
save the one life I have from the lions!
18I will give you thanks in the great assembly,
I will give you praise among huge crowds of people.
19Don’t let those who are wrongfully my enemies
gloat over me;
and those who hate me unprovoked —
don’t let them smirk at me.
20For they don’t speak words of peace
but devise ways to deceive
the peaceful of the land.
21They shout to accuse me, “Aha! Aha!
we saw you with our own eyes!”
22You saw them, Adonai; don’t stay silent.
Adonai, don’t stay far away from me.
23Wake up! Get up, my God, my Lord!
Defend me and my cause!
24Give judgment for me, Adonai, my God,
as your righteousness demands.
Don’t let them gloat over me.
25Don’t let them say to themselves,
“Aha! We got what we wanted!”
or say, “We swallowed them up!”
26May those who gloat over my distress
be disgraced and humiliated.
May those who aggrandize themselves at my expense
be covered with shame and confusion.
27But may those who delight in my righteousness
shout for joy and be glad!
Let them say always, “How great is Adonai,
who delights in the peace of his servant!”
28Then my tongue will tell of your righteousness
and praise you all day long.