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Psalms 35

Psalms 35:1  
Of David. O Lord, be on my side against those who are judging me; be at war with those who make war against me.

Psalms 35:2  
Be a breastplate to me, and give me your help.

Psalms 35:3  
Take up your spear and keep back my attackers; say to my soul, I am your salvation.

Psalms 35:4  
Let them be overcome and put to shame who make attempts to take my soul; let those who would do me damage be turned back and made foolish.

Psalms 35:5  
Let them be like dust from the grain before the wind; let the angel of the Lord send them in flight.

Psalms 35:6  
Let their way be dark and full of danger; let them be troubled by the angel of the Lord.

Psalms 35:7  
For without cause they have put a net ready for me secretly, in which to take my soul.

Psalms 35:8  
Let destruction come on them without their knowledge; let them be taken themselves in their secret nets, falling into the same destruction.

Psalms 35:9  
And my soul will have joy in the Lord; it will be glad in his salvation.

Psalms 35:10  
All my bones will say, Lord, who is like you? The saviour of the poor man from the hands of the strong, of him who is poor and in need from him who takes his goods.

Psalms 35:11  
False witnesses got up: they put questions to me about crimes of which I had no knowledge.

Psalms 35:12  
They gave me back evil for good, troubling my soul.

Psalms 35:13  
But as for me, when they were ill I put on the clothing of sorrow: I went without food and was sad, and my prayer came back again to my heart.

Psalms 35:14  
My behaviour was as if it had been my friend or my brother: I was bent low in grief like one whose mother is dead.

Psalms 35:15  
But they took pleasure in my trouble, and came together, yes, low persons came together against me without my knowledge; they never came to an end of wounding me.

Psalms 35:16  
Like men of deceit they put me to shame; the voice of their wrath was loud against me.

Psalms 35:17  
Lord, how long will you be looking on? take my soul from their destruction, my life from the lions.

Psalms 35:18  
I will give you praise in the great meeting; I will give you honour among a strong people.

Psalms 35:19  
Do not let my haters be glad over me falsely; let not those who are against me without cause make sport of me.

Psalms 35:20  
For they do not say words of peace; in their deceit they are designing evil things against the quiet ones in the land.

Psalms 35:21  
Their mouths were open wide against me, and they said, Aha, aha, our eyes have seen it.

Psalms 35:22  
You have seen this, O Lord; be not unmoved: O Lord, be not far from me.

Psalms 35:23  
Be awake, O Lord, be moved to take up my cause, my God and my Lord.

Psalms 35:24  
Be my judge, O Lord my God, in your righteousness; do not let them be glad over me.

Psalms 35:25  
Let them not say in their hearts, So we will have it: let them not say, We have put an end to him.

Psalms 35:26  
Let all those who take pleasure in my troubles be shamed and come to nothing: let those who are lifted up against me be covered with shame and have no honour.

Psalms 35:27  
Let those who are on my side give cries of joy; let them ever say, The Lord be praised, for he has pleasure in the peace of his servant.

Psalms 35:28  
And my tongue will be talking of your righteousness and of your praise all the day.


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