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Psalm 3543

By David.

35:1 O Lord, fight1 those who fight with me!

Attack those who attack me!

35:2 Grab your small shield and large shield,2

and rise up to help me!

35:3 Use your spear and lance3 against4 those who chase me!

Assure me with these words:5 “I am your deliverer!”

35:4 May those who seek my life be embarrassed and humiliated!

May those who plan to harm me be turned back and ashamed!6

35:5 May they be7 like wind-driven chaff,

as the Lord’s angel8 attacks them!9

35:6 May their path be10 dark and slippery,

as the Lord’s angel chases them!

35:7 I did not harm them, but they hid a net to catch me

and dug a pit to trap me.11

35:8 Let destruction take them by surprise!12

Let the net they hid catch them!

Let them fall into destruction!13

35:9 Then I will rejoice in the Lord

and be happy because of his deliverance.14

35:10 With all my strength I will say,15

“O Lord, who can compare to you?

You rescue16 the oppressed from those who try to overpower them;17

the oppressed and needy from those who try to rob them.”18

35:11 Violent men perjure themselves,19

and falsely accuse me.20

35:12 They repay me evil for the good I have done;21

I am overwhelmed with sorrow.22

35:13 When they were sick, I wore sackcloth,23

and refrained from eating food.24

(If I am lying, may my prayers go unanswered!)25

35:14 I mourned for them as I would for a friend or my brother.26

I bowed down27 in sorrow as if I were mourning for my mother.28

35:15 But when I stumbled, they rejoiced and gathered together;

they gathered together to ambush me.29

They tore at me without stopping to rest.30

35:16 When I tripped, they taunted me relentlessly,31

and tried to bite me.32

35:17 O Lord, how long are you going to just stand there and watch this?33

Rescue34 me35 from their destructive attacks;

guard my life36 from the young lions!

35:18 Then I will give you thanks in the great assembly;37

I will praise you before a large crowd of people!38

35:19 Do not let those who are my enemies for no reason39 gloat40 over me!

Do not let those who hate me without cause carry out their wicked schemes!41

35:20 For they do not try to make peace with others,42

but plan ways to deceive those who are unsuspecting.43

35:21 They are ready to devour me;44

they say, “Aha! Aha! We’ve got you!”45

35:22 But you take notice,46 Lord!

O Lord, do not remain far away from me!

35:23 Rouse yourself, wake up47 and vindicate me!48

My God and Lord, defend my just cause!49

35:24 Vindicate me by your justice, O Lord my God!

Do not let them gloat50 over me!

35:25 Do not let them say to themselves,51 “Aha! We have what we wanted!”52

Do not let them say, “We have devoured him!”

35:26 May those who want to harm me be totally embarrassed and ashamed!53

May those who arrogantly taunt me be covered with shame and humiliation!54

35:27 May those who desire my vindication shout for joy and rejoice!

May they continually say,55 “May the Lord be praised,56 for he wants his servant to be secure.”57

35:28 Then I will tell others about your justice,58

and praise you all day long.59


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