Psalms 35 (asv)
A Psalm of David.
35:1Strive thou, O Jehovah, with them that strive with me:
Fight thou against them that fight against me.
35:2Take hold of shield and buckler,
And stand up for my help.
35:3Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that pursue me:
35:4Let them be put to shame and brought to dishonor that seek after my soul:
Let them be turned back and confounded that devise my hurt.
35:5Let them be as chaff before the wind,
35:6Let their way be dark and slippery,
35:7For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit;
Without cause have they digged a pit for my soul.
35:8Let destruction come upon him unawares;
And let his net that he hath hid catch himself:
With destruction let him fall therein.
It shall rejoice in his salvation.
35:10All my bones shall say, Jehovah, who is like unto thee,
Who deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him,
Yea, the poor and the needy from him that robbeth him?
35:11Unrighteous witnesses rise up;
They ask me of things that I know not.
To the bereaving of my soul.
35:13But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth:
35:14I behaved myself as though it had been my friend or my brother:
I bowed down mourning, as one that bewaileth his mother.
35:15But in mine adversity 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:
35:16Like the profane mockers in feasts,
They gnashed upon me with their teeth.
35:17Lord, how long wilt thou look on?
Rescue my soul from their destructions,
My darling from the lions.
35:18I will give thee thanks in the great assembly:
35:19Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me;
35:20For they speak not peace;
But they devise deceitful words against them that are quiet in the land.
35:21Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me;
They said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.
O Lord, be not far from me.
35:23Stir up thyself, and awake to the justice due unto me,
And let them not rejoice over me.
35:25Let them not say in their heart, Aha, so would we have it:
Let them not say, We have swallowed him up.
35:26Let them be put to shame and confounded together that rejoice at my hurt:
Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor that magnify themselves against me.
Yea, let them say continually, Jehovah be magnified,
Who hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
35:28And my tongue shall talk of thy righteousness