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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.
35
A Psalm of David.
1Plead my cause, O Lord, with my adversaries;
fight those who fight me.
2#Ps 63:1; 84:2 Take hold of the large shield and small shield,
and rise up for my help.
3#Ps 79:10; 80:5 Draw the spear and javelin
against those who pursue me.
Say to my soul,
“I am Your salvation.”
4#Isa 30:29; Ps 62:8 May those who seek my life
be ashamed and humiliated;
may those who plan my injury
be turned back and put to shame.
5#Ps 42:11; 43:5 May they be as chaff before the wind,
and may the angel of the Lord cast them down.
6#2Sa 17:22; Dt 3:8–9 May their way be dark and slippery,
and may the angel of the Lord pursue them.
7#Ps 88:7; Jnh 2:3 For without cause they have hidden their net for me in a pit,
which they have dug without cause for my soul.
8#Job 35:10; Ps 63:6 Let destruction come on him without warning,
and let the net that he hid ensnare him;
let him fall into it, to his destruction.
9#Ps 38:6; 18:2 My soul will be joyful in the Lord;
it will rejoice in His salvation.
10#Ps 42:3; Joel 2:17 All my bones will say,
Lord, who is like You,
who delivers the poor from a stronger one,
the poor and the needy from the one who robs them?”
11#Ps 42:5; 43:5 Witnesses intent on violence rose up;
they accused me of things I knew nothing about.
12They rewarded me evil for good,
the bereavement of my soul.
13But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth;
I humbled my soul with fasting;
and my prayer returns to my own heart.
14I paced as though he were my friend or brother;
I bowed down lamenting,
as one who mourns for a mother.
15But in my adversity they rejoiced and gathered together;
assailants gathered together against me, though I was unaware;
they tore me apart and did not stop;
16with hypocritical mockers in feasts,
they gnashed on me with their teeth.
17Lord, how long will You look on?
Rescue my soul from their destructions,
my life from the lions.
18I will give You thanks in the great congregation;
I will praise You among a mighty people.
19May my deceitful enemies
not rejoice over me;
nor may those who hate me without cause
wink with their eye.
20For they do not speak peace,
but they devise deceitful matters
against the restful ones in the land.
21They opened their mouth wide against me,
and said, “Aha, aha, our eye has seenit.”
22This You have seen, O Lord; do not be silent;
O Lord, be not far from me.
23Rouse Yourself and awake for my judgment,
for my cause, my God and my Lord.
24Judge me, O Lord my God, according to Your righteousness,
and may they not rejoice over me.
25May they not say in their hearts, “Ah, we have our soul’s desire.”
May they not say, “We have swallowed him up.”
26May those who rejoice at my harm be ashamed
and altogether put to shame;
may they be clothed with shame and dishonor
who magnify themselves against me.
27May those who favor my righteous cause
shout for joy and be glad;
may they say continually, “The Lord be magnified,
who delights in the peace of His servant.”
28My tongue will speak of Your righteousness
and of Your praise all the day long.