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A Psalm of David.
1 Plead 1my cause, O Lord, with those who strive with me;
Fight against those who fight against me.
2 Take hold of shield and 2buckler,
And stand up for my help.
And stop those who pursue me.
Say to my soul,
“I am your salvation.”
4 aLet those be put to shame and brought to dishonor
Who seek after my life;
Let those be bturned back and brought to confusion
Who plot my hurt.
5 cLet them be like chaff before the wind,
And let the 3angel of the Lord chase them.
6 Let their way be ddark and slippery,
And let the angel of the Lord pursue them.
7 For without cause they have ehidden their net for me in a pit,
Which they have dug without cause for my life.
And let his net that he has hidden catch himself;
Into that very destruction let him fall.
It shall rejoice in His salvation.
10 gAll my bones shall say,
“Lord, hwho is like You,
Delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him,
Yes, the poor and the needy from him who plunders him?”
They ask me things that I do not know.
12 iThey reward me evil for good,
To the sorrow of my soul.
13 But as for me, jwhen they were sick,
My clothing was sackcloth;
I humbled myself with fasting;
And my prayer would return to my own 5heart.
I bowed down 6heavily, as one who mourns for his mother.
15 But in my 7adversity they rejoiced
And gathered together;
Attackers gathered against me,
And I did not know it;
They tore at me and did not cease;
They gnashed at me with their teeth.
17 Lord, how long will You klook on?
Rescue me from their destructions,
My precious life from the lions.
I will praise You among 8many people.
19 lLet them not rejoice over me who are wrongfully my enemies;
Nor let them wink with the eye who hate me without a cause.
But they devise deceitful matters
Against the quiet ones in the land.
And said, “Aha, aha!
Our eyes have seen it.”
Do not keep silence.
O Lord, do not be far from me.
To my cause, my God and my Lord.
And let them not rejoice over me.
Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”
Who rejoice at my hurt;
Let them be mclothed with shame and dishonor
Who exalt themselves against me.
27 nLet them shout for joy and be glad,
Who favor my righteous cause;
And let them say continually,
“Let the Lord be magnified,
Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
And of Your praise all the day long.
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