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Psalm 35 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The LORD the Avenger of His People
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:1 - A Psalm of David.

Plead my cause, O LORD, with those who strive with me;
Fight against those who fight against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:2 - Take hold of shield and buckler,
And stand up for my help.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:3 - Also draw out the spear,
And stop those who pursue me.
Say to my soul,
“I am your salvation.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:4 - Let those be put to shame and brought to dishonor
Who seek after my life;
Let those be turned back and brought to confusion
Who plot my hurt.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:5 - Let them be like chaff before the wind,
And let the angel[fn] of the LORD chase them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:6 - Let their way be dark and slippery,
And let the angel of the LORD pursue them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:7 - For without cause they have hidden their net for me in a pit,
Which they have dug without cause for my life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:8 - Let destruction come upon him unexpectedly,
And let his net that he has hidden catch himself;
Into that very destruction let him fall.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:9 - And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD;
It shall rejoice in His salvation.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:10 - All my bones shall say,
“LORD, who is like You,
Delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him,
Yes, the poor and the needy from him who plunders him?”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:11 - Fierce witnesses rise up;
They ask me things that I do not know.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:12 - They reward me evil for good,
To the sorrow of my soul.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:13 - But as for me, when they were sick,
My clothing was sackcloth;
I humbled myself with fasting;
And my prayer would return to my own heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:14 - I paced about as though he were my friend or brother;
I bowed down heavily, as one who mourns for his mother.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:15 - But in my adversity they rejoiced
And gathered together;
Attackers gathered against me,
And I did not know it;
They tore at me and did not cease;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:16 - With ungodly mockers at feasts
They gnashed at me with their teeth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:17 - Lord, how long will You look on?
Rescue me from their destructions,
My precious life from the lions.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:18 - I will give You thanks in the great assembly;
I will praise You among many people.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:19 - Let them not rejoice over me who are wrongfully my enemies;
Nor let them wink with the eye who hate me without a cause.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:20 - For they do not speak peace,
But they devise deceitful matters
Against the quiet ones in the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:21 - They also opened their mouth wide against me,
And said, “Aha, aha!
Our eyes have seen it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:22 - This You have seen, O LORD;
Do not keep silence.
O Lord, do not be far from me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:23 - Stir up Yourself, and awake to my vindication,
To 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, “Ah, so we would have it!”
Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:26 - Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion
Who rejoice at my hurt;
Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor
Who exalt themselves against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:27 - Let them shout for joy and be glad,
Who favor my righteous cause;
And let them say continually,
“Let the LORD be magnified,
Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:28 - And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness
And of Your praise all the day long.
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New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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