David prayeth for this own safety, and his enemies' confusion.
Psalms 35:1 For David himself. Judge thou, O Lord, them that wrong me: overthrow them that fight against me. Psalms 35:2 Take hold of arms and shield: and rise up to help me. Psalms 35:3 Bring out the sword, and shut up the way against them that persecute me: say to my soul: I am thy salvation. Psalms 35:4 Let them be confounded and ashamed that seek after my soul. Let them be turned back and be confounded that devise evil against me. Psalms 35:5 Let them become as dust before the wind: and let the angel of the Lord straiten them. Psalms 35:6 Let their way become dark and slippery; and let the angel of the Lord pursue them. Psalms 35:7 For without cause they have hidden their net for me unto destruction: without cause they have upbraided my soul. Psalms 35:8 Let the snare which he knoweth not come upon him: and let the net which he hath hidden catch him: and into that very snare let them fall. Psalms 35:9 But my soul shall rejoice in the Lord; and shall be delighted in his salvation. Psalms 35:10 All my bones shall say: Lord, who is like to thee? Who deliverest the poor from the hand of them that are stronger than he; the needy and the poor from them that strip him.
He complaineth of their wrongful dealing.
Psalms 35:11 Unjust witnesses rising up have asked me things I knew not. Psalms 35:12 They repaid me evil for good: to the depriving me of my soul. Psalms 35:13 But as for me, when they were troublesome to me, I was clothed with haircloth. I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer shall be turned into my bosom. Psalms 35:14 As a neighbour and as an own brother, so did I please: as one mourning and sorrowful so was I humbled. Psalms 35:15 But they rejoiced against me, and came together: scourges were gathered together upon me, and I knew not. Psalms 35:16 They were separated, and repented not: they tempted me, they scoffed at me with scorn: they gnashed upon me with their teeth. Psalms 35:17 Lord, when wilt thou look upon me? rescue thou my soul from their malice: my only one from the lions. Psalms 35:18 I will give thanks to thee in a great church; I will praise thee in a strong people. Psalms 35:19 Let not them that are my enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: who have hated me without cause, and wink with the eyes. Psalms 35:20 For they spoke indeed peaceably to me; and speaking in the anger of the earth they devised guile. Psalms 35:21 And they opened their mouth wide against me; they said: Well done, well done, our eyes have seen it.
Thereby he inciteth God against them.
Psalms 35:22 Thou hast seen, O Lord, be not thou silent: O Lord, depart not from me. Psalms 35:23 Arise, and be attentive to my judgment: to my cause, my God, and my Lord. Psalms 35:24 Judge me, O Lord my God according to thy justice, and let them not rejoice over me. Psalms 35:25 Let them not say in their hearts: It is well, it is well, to our mind: neither let them say: We have swallowed him up. Psalms 35:26 Let them blush: and be ashamed together, who rejoice at my evils. Let them be clothed with confusion and shame, who speak great things against me. Psalms 35:27 Let them rejoice and be glad, who are well pleased with my justice, and let them say always: The Lord be magnified, who delights in the peace of his servant. Psalms 35:28 And my tongue shall meditate thy justice, thy praise all the day long.