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Psalm 35 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Great Is the Lord

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:1 - Of David.
Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me;
fight against those who fight against me!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:2 - Take hold of shield and buckler
and rise for my help!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:3 - Draw the spear and javelin[fn]
against my pursuers!
Say to my soul,
“I am your salvation!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:4 - Let them be put to shame and dishonor
who seek after my life!
Let them be turned back and disappointed
who devise evil against me!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:5 - Let them be like chaff before the wind,
with the angel of the LORD driving them away!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:6 - Let their way be dark and slippery,
with the angel of the LORD pursuing them!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:7 - For without cause they hid their net for me;
without cause they dug a pit for my life.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:8 - Let destruction come upon him when he does not know it!
And let the net that he hid ensnare him;
let him fall into it—to his destruction!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:9 - Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD,
exulting in his salvation.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:10 - All my bones shall say,
“O LORD, who is like you,
delivering the poor
from him who is too strong for him,
the poor and needy from him who robs him?”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:11 - Malicious[fn] witnesses rise up;
they ask me of things that I do not know.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:12 - They repay me evil for good;
my soul is bereft.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:13 - But I, when they were sick—
I wore sackcloth;
I afflicted myself with fasting;
I prayed with head bowed[fn] on my chest.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:14 - I went about as though I grieved for my friend or my brother;
as one who laments his mother,
I bowed down in mourning.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:15 - But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered;
they gathered together against me;
wretches whom I did not know
tore at me without ceasing;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:16 - like profane mockers at a feast,[fn]
they gnash at me with their teeth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:17 - How long, O Lord, will you look on?
Rescue me from their destruction,
my precious life from the lions!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:18 - I will thank you in the great congregation;
in the mighty throng I will praise you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:19 - Let not those rejoice over me
who are wrongfully my foes,
and let not those wink the eye
who hate me without cause.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:20 - For they do not speak peace,
but against those who are quiet in the land
they devise words of deceit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:21 - They open wide their mouths against me;
they say, “Aha, Aha!
Our eyes have seen it!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:22 - You have seen, O LORD; be not silent!
O Lord, be not far from me!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:23 - Awake and rouse yourself for my vindication,
for my cause, my God and my Lord!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:24 - Vindicate me, O LORD, my God,
according to your righteousness,
and let them not rejoice over me!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:25 - Let them not say in their hearts,
“Aha, our heart’s desire!”
Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:26 - Let them be put to shame and disappointed altogether
who rejoice at my calamity!
Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor
who magnify themselves against me!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:27 - Let those who delight in my righteousness
shout for joy and be glad
and say evermore,
“Great is the LORD,
who delights in the welfare of his servant!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:28 - Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness
and of your praise all the day long.
ESV Footnotes
Or and close the way
The word pit is transposed from the preceding line; Hebrew For without cause they hid the pit of their net for me; without cause they dug for my life
Or Violent
Hebrew it is bereavement to my soul
Or my prayer shall turn back
The meaning of the Hebrew phrase is uncertain

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