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Psalm 35 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:1 - Of David. Contend, LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:2 - Take up shield and armor; arise and come to my aid.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:3 - Brandish spear and javelin[fn] against those who pursue me. Say to me, “I am your salvation.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:4 - May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:5 - May they be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them away;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:6 - may their path be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:7 - Since they hid their net for me without cause and without cause dug a pit for me,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:8 - may ruin overtake them by surprise— may the net they hid entangle them, may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:9 - Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD and delight in his salvation.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:10 - My whole being will exclaim, “Who is like you, LORD? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:11 - Ruthless witnesses come forward; they question me on things I know nothing about.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:12 - They repay me evil for good and leave me like one bereaved.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:13 - Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting. When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:14 - I went about mourning as though for my friend or brother. I bowed my head in grief as though weeping for my mother.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:15 - But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee; assailants gathered against me without my knowledge. They slandered me without ceasing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:16 - Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked;[fn] they gnashed their teeth at me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:17 - How long, Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my precious life from these lions.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:18 - I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among the throngs I will praise you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:19 - Do not let those gloat over me who are my enemies without cause; do not let those who hate me without reason maliciously wink the eye.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:20 - They do not speak peaceably, but devise false accusations against those who live quietly in the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:21 - They sneer at me and say, “Aha! Aha! With our own eyes we have seen it.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:22 - LORD, you have seen this; do not be silent. Do not be far from me, Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:23 - Awake, and rise to my defense! Contend for me, my God and Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:24 - Vindicate me in your righteousness, LORD my God; do not let them gloat over me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:25 - Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!” or say, “We have swallowed him up.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:26 - May all who gloat over my distress be put to shame and confusion; may all who exalt themselves over me be clothed with shame and disgrace.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:27 - May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, “The LORD be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:28 - My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long.
NIV Footnotes
Or and block the way
Septuagint; Hebrew may mean Like an ungodly circle of mockers,

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