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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.
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.