11Malicious witnesses rise up; they ask me about things I do not know.
12They repay me evil for good; my soul is forlorn.
13But as for me, when they were sick, I wore sackcloth; I afflicted myself with fasting. I prayed with head bowed on my bosom,
14as though I grieved for a friend or a brother; I went about as one who laments for a mother, bowed down and in mourning.
15But at my stumbling they gathered in glee, they gathered together against me; ruffians whom I did not know tore at me without ceasing;
16they impiously mocked more and more, gnashing at me with their teeth.
17How long, O Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my life from the lions!
18Then I will thank you in the great congregation; in the mighty throng I will praise you.
19Do not let my treacherous enemies rejoice over me, or those who hate me without cause wink the eye.
20For they do not speak peace, but they conceive deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.
21They open wide their mouths against me; they say, Aha, Aha, our eyes have seen it.
22You have seen, O Lord; do not be silent! O Lord, do not be far from me!
23Wake up! Bestir yourself for my defense, for my cause, my God and my Lord!
24Vindicate me, O Lord, my God, according to your righteousness, and do not let them rejoice over me.
25Do not let them say to themselves, Aha, we have our hearts desire. Do not let them say, We have swallowed you up.
26Let all those who rejoice at my calamity be put to shame and confusion; let those who exalt themselves against me be clothed with shame and dishonor.
27Let those who desire my vindication shout for joy and be glad, and say evermore, Great is the Lord, who delights in the welfare of his servant.
28Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness and of your praise all day long.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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10 February 2011