English Revised Version

Psalms 35

David prayeth for this own safety, and his enemies' confusion.

Psalms 35:1 {[A Psalm] of David.} Strive thou, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight thou against them that fight against me. Psalms 35:2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help. Psalms 35:3 Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that pursue me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation. Psalms 35:4 Let them be ashamed and brought to dishonour that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and confounded that devise my hurt. Psalms 35:5 Let them be as chaff before the wind, and the angel of the LORD driving [them] on. Psalms 35:6 Let their way be dark and slippery, and the angel of the LORD pursuing them. Psalms 35:7 For without cause have they hid for me their net [in] a pit, without cause have they digged [a pit] for my soul. Psalms 35:8 Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: with destruction let him fall therein. Psalms 35:9 And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation. Psalms 35:10 All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?

He complaineth of their wrongful dealing.

Psalms 35:11 Unrighteous witnesses rise up; they ask me of things that I know not. Psalms 35:12 They reward me evil for good, [to] the bereaving of my soul. Psalms 35:13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I afflicted my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. Psalms 35:14 I behaved myself as though it had been my friend or my brother: I bowed down mourning, as one that bewaileth his mother. Psalms 35:15 But when I halted they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew [it] not; they did tear me, and ceased not: Psalms 35:16 Like the profane mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth. Psalms 35:17 Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions. Psalms 35:18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people. Psalms 35:19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause. Psalms 35:20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful words against them that are quiet in the land. Psalms 35:21 Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me; they said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.

Thereby he inciteth God against them.

Psalms 35:22 Thou hast seen it, O LORD; keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me. Psalms 35:23 Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, [even] unto my cause, my God and my Lord. Psalms 35:24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me. Psalms 35:25 Let them not say in their heart, Aha, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up. Psalms 35:26 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me. Psalms 35:27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, The LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. Psalms 35:28 And my tongue shall talk of thy righteousness, [and] of thy praise all the day long.

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