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Psalm 35

Judica, Domine

1 Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me,*

and fight against those who fight against me.

2 Take up the shield and buckler,*

and stand up to help me.

3 Bring forth the spear and bar the way against those who pursue me;*

say to my soul, "I am your salvation."

4 Let them be confounded and put to shame who seek after my life;*

let them be turned back and brought to confusion who imagine evil against me.

5 Let them be as the chaff before the wind,*

and let the angel of the Lord scatter them.

6 Let their way be dark and slippery,*

and let the angel of the Lord pursue them.

7 For they have secretly laid their net to destroy me without a cause;*

indeed, without a cause have they made a pit to take away my life.

8 Let sudden destruction come upon them unawares, and the net, which they have laid secretly, catch themselves,*

that they may fall into their own trouble.

9 Then shall my soul be joyful in the Lord;*

I shall rejoice in his salvation.

10 All my bones shall say, "Lord, who is like you? You deliver the poor from those who are too strong for them;*

indeed, the poor and those who are in misery from those who rob them."

11 Malicious witnesses rise up;*

they charge me with matters I know nothing about.

12 They repay me evil for good,*

to the great sorrow of my soul.

13 Nevertheless, when they were sick, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting;*

I prayed with my whole heart, as if it had been my friend or my brother.

14 I behaved myself as one who mourns for his mother;*

I was bowed down with heaviness of heart.

15 But in my adversity, they rejoiced and gathered themselves together;*

indeed, those who struck me came together against me, and I had no rest; they tore at me, and would not cease.

16 When I stumbled they mocked me exceedingly,*

and gnashed at me with their teeth.

17 Lord, how long will you look on this?*

O deliver me from the calamities they bring upon me, and my life from the lions.

18 So will I give you thanks in the great congregation;*

I will praise you among many people.

19 O let not those who are my enemies triumph over me deceitfully;*

neither let them wink with their eyes, those who hate me without a cause.

20 For their talking is not for peace,*

but they imagine deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.

21 They open their mouths at me, and say,*

"Aha! Aha! We saw it with our own eyes!"

22 This you have seen, O Lord.*

Hold not your tongue then; be not far from me, O Lord.

23 Awake, and stand up to judge my case;*

avenge my cause, my God and my Lord.

24 Judge me, O Lord my God, according to your righteousness,*

and let them not triumph over me.

25 Let them not say in their hearts, "Aha! We have what we want!"*

Neither let them say, "We have devoured him."

26 Let them be put to confusion and shame who rejoice at my trouble;*

let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who boast against me.

27 Let them be glad and rejoice who favor my righteous cause;*

indeed, let them say always, "Great is the Lord, who takes pleasure in the prosperity of his servant."

28 And as for my tongue, it shall be talking of your righteousness*

and of your praise all the day long.

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