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Psalm 35

Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me :
 fight against those that fight against me.
Take up shield and buckler :
 and arise, arise to help me.
Draw the spear and bar the way against those that pursue me :
 say to me ‘I am your deliverer.’
Let those that seek my life be put to shame and disgraced :
 let those that plot my destruction be turned back and confounded.
Let them be like chaff before the wind :
 with the angel of the Lord driving them;
Let their way be dark and slippery :
 with the angel of the Lord pursuing.
For without cause they have secretly spread a net for me :
 without cause they have dug a pit to entrap me.
Let sudden disaster strike them :
 let the net that they have hidden catch them,
   let them fall to their destruction.
Then shall my soul be joyful in the Lord :
 and I will rejoice in his deliverance.
All my bones shall say ‘Lord, who is like you? :
 for you deliver the poor man from him that is too strong for him,
   the poor and needy from him that would despoil them.’
Malicious witnesses rise up against me :
 I am questioned about things of which I know nothing.
They repay me evil for good :
 I am as one bereaved of his children.
Yet when they were sick, I put on sackcloth :
 I afflicted myself with fasting.
And if my prayer returned unanswered to my bosom :
 I went about mourning as though for a brother or a companion;
I was bowed down with grief :
 as though for my own mother.
But when I stumbled, they rejoiced and gathered together,
   they gathered together against me :
 as though they were strangers I never knew,
   they tore at me without ceasing.
When I slipped, they mocked me :
 and gnashed at me with their teeth.
Lord, how long will you look on? :
 take me from the evil they intend,
   take me from amidst the lions.
And I will give you thanks in the great congregation :
 I will praise you in the throng of the people.
Let not those that wrongfully are my enemies
   triumph over me :
 let not those that hate me without cause
   mock me with their eyes.
For they speak words that do not make for peace :
 they invent lies against those that are quiet in the land.
They stretch their mouths to jeer at me, and say :
 ‘Aha, aha! We have seen all that we wish!’
And you also have seen, O Lord; do not be silent :
 O God, go not far from me.
Bestir yourself, awake to do me right :
 to plead my cause, O Lord my God.
Judge me, O Lord my God, according to your righteousness :
 and let them not rejoice over me.
Let them not say in their hearts ‘We have our wish’ :
 let them not say ‘We have destroyed him.’
Let those that rejoice at my hurt
   be disgraced and confounded altogether :
 let those that lord it over me
   be clothed in shame and dishonour.
But let those that long for my vindication
   shout for joy and rejoice :
 let them say always that the Lord is great,
   who takes such delight in his servant’s good.
And my tongue shall speak of your righteousness :
 and of your praise all the day long.

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