O LORD, with those who contend with me;
against those who fight against me.
Take up shield and buckler;
arise and come to my aid.
Brandish spear and javelin
against those who pursue me.
Say to my soul,
"I am your salvation."
May those who seek my life
be disgraced and put to shame;
may those who plot my ruin
be turned back in dismay.
May they be like chaff before the
with the angel of the LORD driving them away;
may their path be dark and
with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
Since they hid their net for me
and without cause dug a pit for me,
may ruin overtake them by
may the net they hid entangle them,
may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.
Then my soul will rejoice in the
and delight in his salvation.
My whole being will exclaim,
"Who is like you, O LORD ?
You rescue the poor from those too strong for them,
the poor and needy from those who rob them."
Ruthless witnesses come
they question me on things I know nothing about.
They repay me evil for good
and leave my soul forlorn.
Yet when they were ill, I put on
and humbled myself with fasting.
When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
I went about mourning
as though for my friend or brother.
I bowed my head in grief
as though weeping for my mother.
But when I stumbled, they gathered
attackers gathered against me when I was unaware.
They slandered me without ceasing.
Like the ungodly they maliciously
they gnashed their teeth at me.
O Lord, how long will you look on?
Rescue my life from their ravages,
my precious life from these lions.
I will give you thanks in the great
among throngs of people I will praise you.
Let not those gloat over me
who are my enemies without cause;
let not those who hate me without reason
maliciously wink the eye.
They do not speak peaceably,
but devise false accusations
against those who live quietly in the land.
They gape at me and say, "Aha!
With our own eyes we have seen it."
O LORD, you have seen this; be not
Do not be far from me, O Lord.
Awake, and rise to my defense!
Contend for me, my God and Lord.
Vindicate me in your righteousness, O LORD
do not let them gloat over me.
Do not let them think, "Aha, just what
or say, "We have swallowed him up."
May all who gloat over my distress
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who exalt themselves over me
be clothed with shame and disgrace.
May those who delight in my
tongue will speak of your righteousness
shout for joy and gladness;
may they always say, "The LORD be exalted,
who delights in the well-being of his servant."
and of your praises all day long.