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Psalm 35 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Prayer for Victory

Of David.

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Oppose my opponents, LORD;

fight those who fight me.

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Take your shields ​— ​large and small —

and come to my aid.

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Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers,

and assure me, “I am your deliverance.”

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Let those who intend to take my life

be disgraced and humiliated;

let those who plan to harm me

be turned back and ashamed.

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Let them be like chaff in the wind,

with the angel of the LORD driving them away.

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Let their way be dark and slippery,

with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.

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They hid their net for me without cause;

they dug a pit for me without cause.

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Let ruin come on him unexpectedly,

and let the net that he hid ensnare him;

let him fall into it ​— ​to his ruin.

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Then I will rejoice in the LORD;

I will delight in his deliverance.

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All my bones will say,

“LORD, who is like you,

rescuing the poor from one too strong for him,

the poor or the needy from one who robs him? ”

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Malicious witnesses come forward;

they question me about things I do not know.

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They repay me evil for good,

making me desolate.

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Yet when they were sick,

my clothing was sackcloth;

I humbled myself with fasting,

and my prayer was genuine.[fn]

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I went about mourning as if for my friend or brother;

I was bowed down with grief,

like one mourning for a mother.

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But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;

they gathered against me.

Assailants I did not know

tore at me and did not stop.

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With godless mockery[fn]

they gnashed their teeth at me.

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Lord, how long will you look on?

Rescue me from their ravages;

rescue my precious life from the young lions.

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I will praise you in the great assembly;

I will exalt you among many people.

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Do not let my deceitful enemies rejoice over me;

do not let those who hate me without cause

wink at me maliciously.

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For they do not speak in friendly ways,

but contrive fraudulent schemes[fn]

against those who live peacefully in the land.

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They open their mouths wide against me and say,

“Aha, aha! We saw it! ”[fn]

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You saw it, LORD; do not be silent.

Lord, do not be far from me.

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Wake up and rise to my defense,

to my cause, my God and my Lord!

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Vindicate me, LORD my God,

in keeping with your righteousness,

and do not let them rejoice over me.

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Do not let them say in their hearts,

“Aha! Just what we wanted.”

Do not let them say,

“We have swallowed him up! ”

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Let those who rejoice at my misfortune

be disgraced and humiliated;

let those who exalt themselves over me

be clothed with shame and reproach.

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Let those who want my vindication

shout for joy and be glad;

let them continually say,

“The LORD be exalted.

He takes pleasure in his servant’s well-being.”

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And my tongue will proclaim your righteousness,

your praise all day long.

CSB Footnotes
Lit prayer returned to my chest
Hb obscure
Lit but devise fraudulent words
Lit Our eyes saw!

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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For more information on this translation, see the CSB Preface.

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