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PSALM 35
A Psalm of David.
1Strive, O Jehovah, with them that strive with me; fight against them that fight against me: 2Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help; 3And draw out the spear, and stop the way against my pursuers: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation. 4Let them be put to shame and confounded that seek after my life; let them be turned backward and brought to confusion that devise my hurt: 5Let them be as chaff before the wind, and let the angel of Jehovah drive them away; 6Let their way be dark and slippery, and let the angel of Jehovah pursue them. 7For without cause have they hidden for me their net in a pit; without cause they have digged it for my soul. 8Let destruction come upon him unawares, and let his net which he hath hidden catch himself: for destruction let him fall therein. 9And my soul shall be joyful in Jehovah; it shall rejoice in his salvation. 10All my bones shall say, Jehovah, who is like unto thee, who deliverest the afflicted from one stronger than he, yea, the afflicted and the needy from him that spoileth him!
11Unrighteous witnesses rise up; they lay to my charge things which I know not. 12They reward me evil for good, to the bereavement of my soul. 13But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; I chastened my soul with fasting, and my prayer returned into mine own bosom: 14I behaved myself as though he had been a friend, a brother to me; I bowed down in sadness, as one that mourneth for a mother. 15But at my halting they rejoiced, and gathered together: the slanderers gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not: 16With profane jesters for bread, they have gnashed their teeth against me.
17Lord, how long wilt thou look on? Rescue my soul from their destructions, my only one from the young lions. 18I will give thee thanks in the great congregation; I will praise thee among much people. 19Let not them that are wrongfully mine enemies rejoice over me; let them not wink with the eye that hate me without cause. 20For they speak not peace; and they devise deceitful words against the quiet in the land. 21And they opened their mouth wide against me; they said, Aha! aha! our eye hath seen it. 22Thou hast seen it, Jehovah: keep not silence; O Lord, be not far from me. 23Stir up thyself, and awake for my right, for my cause, my God#GodHebrew: Elohim and Lord! 24Judge me, Jehovah my God#GodHebrew: Elohim according to thy righteousness, and let them not rejoice over me. 25Let them not say in their heart, Aha! so would we have it. Let them not say, We have swallowed him up. 26Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine adversity; let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me. 27Let them exult and rejoice that delight in my righteousness; and let them say continually, Jehovah be magnified, who delighteth in the prosperity of his servant. 28And my tongue shall talk of thy righteousness, and of thy praise, all the day.
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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.