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Of David.
1LORD, argue with those who argue with me;
fight with those who fight against me!
2Grab a shield and armor;
stand up and help me!
3Use your spear and ax#Correction
against those who are out to get me!
Say to me:#Or my soul; also in 35:4, 7, 9, 12, 13, 17, 24 "I’m your salvation!"
4Let those who want me dead
be humiliated and put to shame.
Let those who intend to hurt me
be thoroughly frustrated and disgraced.
5Let them be like dust on the wind—
and let the LORD’s messenger be the one who does the blowing!
6Let their path be dark and slippery—
and let the LORD’s messenger be the one who does the chasing!
7Because they hid their net for me for no reason,
they dug a pit for me for no reason.
8Let disaster come to them when they don’t suspect it.
Let the net they hid catch them instead!
Let them fall into it—to their disaster!
9But I will rejoice in the LORD;
I will celebrate his salvation.
10All my bones will say, "LORD, who could compare to you?
You rescue the weak from those who overpower them;
you rescue the weak and the needy from those who plunder them."
11Violent witnesses stand up.
They question me about things I know nothing about.
12They pay me back evil for good,
leaving me stricken with grief.
13But when they were sick, I wore clothes for grieving,
and I kept a strict fast.
When my prayer came back unanswered,#Heb uncertain
14I would wander around like I was grieving a friend or a brother.
I was weighed down, sad, like I was a mother in mourning.
15But when I stumbled, they celebrated and gathered together—
they gathered together against me!
Strangers#Correction I didn’t know tore me to pieces and wouldn’t quit.
16They ridiculed me over and over again,
like godless people would do,
grinding their teeth at me.
17How long, my Lord, will you watch this happen?
Rescue me from their attacks;
rescue my precious life from these predatory lions!
18Then I will thank you in the great assembly;
I will praise you in a huge crowd of people.
19Don’t let those who are my enemies
without cause celebrate over me;
don’t let those who hate me for no reason
wink at my demise.
20They don’t speak the truth;
instead, they plot false accusations
against innocent people in the land.
21They speak out against me,
saying, "Yes! Oh, yes! We’ve seen it with our own eyes!"
22But you’ve seen it too, LORD.
Don’t keep quiet about it.
Please don’t be far from me, my Lord.
23Wake up! Get up and do justice for me;
argue my case, my Lord and my God!
24Establish justice for me
according to your righteousness, LORD, my God.
Don’t let them celebrate over me.
25Don’t let them say to themselves,
Yes! Exactly what we wanted!
Don’t let them say, "We ate him up!"
26Let all those who celebrate my misfortune be disgraced and put to shame!
Let those who exalt themselves over me
be dressed up in shame and dishonor!
27But let those who want things to be set right for me
shout for joy and celebrate!
Let them constantly say, "The LORD is great—
God wants his servant to be at peace."
28Then my tongue will talk
all about your righteousness;
it will talk
about your praise all day long.
Great Is the Lord
Of David.
1 Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me;
fight against those who fight against me!
2 Take hold of shield and buckler
and rise for my help!
3 Draw the spear and javelin
against my pursuers!
Say to my soul,
"I am your salvation!"
4 Let them be put to shame and dishonor
who seek after my life!
Let them be turned back and disappointed
who devise evil against me!
5 Let them be like chaff before the wind,
with the angel of the Lord driving them away!
6 Let their way be dark and slippery,
with the angel of the Lord pursuing them!
7 For without cause they hid their net for me;
without cause they dug a pit for my life.
8 Let destruction come upon him when he does not know it!
And let the net that he hid ensnare him;
let him fall into it—to his destruction!
9 Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord,
exulting in his salvation.
10 All my bones shall say,
"O Lord, who is like you,
delivering the poor
from him who is too strong for him,
the poor and needy from him who robs him?"
11 Malicious witnesses rise up;
they ask me of things that I do not know.
12 They repay me evil for good;
my soul is bereft.
13 But I, when they were sick—
I wore sackcloth;
I afflicted myself with fasting;
I prayed with head bowed on my chest.
14 I went about as though I grieved for my friend or my brother;
as one who laments his mother,
I bowed down in mourning.
15 But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered;
they gathered together against me;
wretches whom I did not know
tore at me without ceasing;
16 like profane mockers at a feast,
they gnash at me with their teeth.
17 How long, O Lord, will you look on?
Rescue me from their destruction,
my precious life from the lions!
18 I will thank you in the great congregation;
in the mighty throng I will praise you.
19 Let not those rejoice over me
who are wrongfully my foes,
and let not those wink the eye
who hate me without cause.
20 For they do not speak peace,
but against those who are quiet in the land
they devise words of deceit.
21 They open wide their mouths against me;
they say, "Aha, Aha!
Our eyes have seen it!"
22 You have seen, O Lord; be not silent!
O Lord, be not far from me!
23 Awake and rouse yourself for my vindication,
for my cause, my God and my Lord!
24 Vindicate me, O Lord, my God,
according to your righteousness,
and let them not rejoice over me!
25 Let them not say in their hearts,
"Aha, our heart's desire!"
Let them not say, "We have swallowed him up."
26 Let them be put to shame and disappointed altogether
who rejoice at my calamity!
Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor
who magnify themselves against me!
27 Let those who delight in my righteousness
shout for joy and be glad
and say evermore,
"Great is the Lord,
who delights in the welfare of his servant!"
28 Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness
and of your praise all the day long.