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Psalm 35 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:1 - A psalm of David.

O LORD, oppose those who oppose me.
Fight those who fight against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:2 - Put on your armor, and take up your shield.
Prepare for battle, and come to my aid.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:3 - Lift up your spear and javelin
against those who pursue me.
Let me hear you say,
“I will give you victory!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:4 - Bring shame and disgrace on those trying to kill me;
turn them back and humiliate those who want to harm me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:5 - Blow them away like chaff in the wind—
a wind sent by the angel of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:6 - Make their path dark and slippery,
with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:7 - I did them no wrong, but they laid a trap for me.
I did them no wrong, but they dug a pit to catch me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:8 - So let sudden ruin come upon them!
Let them be caught in the trap they set for me!
Let them be destroyed in the pit they dug for me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:9 - Then I will rejoice in the LORD.
I will be glad because he rescues me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:10 - With every bone in my body I will praise him:
“LORD, who can compare with you?
Who else rescues the helpless from the strong?
Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:11 - Malicious witnesses testify against me.
They accuse me of crimes I know nothing about.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:12 - They repay me evil for good.
I am sick with despair.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:13 - Yet when they were ill, I grieved for them.
I denied myself by fasting for them,
but my prayers returned unanswered.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:14 - I was sad, as though they were my friends or family,
as if I were grieving for my own mother.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:15 - But they are glad now that I am in trouble;
they gleefully join together against me.
I am attacked by people I don’t even know;
they slander me constantly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:16 - They mock me and call me names;
they snarl at me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:17 - How long, O Lord, will you look on and do nothing?
Rescue me from their fierce attacks.
Protect my life from these lions!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:18 - Then I will thank you in front of the great assembly.
I will praise you before all the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:19 - Don’t let my treacherous enemies rejoice over my defeat.
Don’t let those who hate me without cause gloat over my sorrow.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:20 - They don’t talk of peace;
they plot against innocent people who mind their own business.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:21 - They shout, “Aha! Aha!
With our own eyes we saw him do it!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:22 - O LORD, you know all about this.
Do not stay silent.
Do not abandon me now, O Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:23 - Wake up! Rise to my defense!
Take up my case, my God and my Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:24 - Declare me not guilty, O LORD my God, for you give justice.
Don’t let my enemies laugh about me in my troubles.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:25 - Don’t let them say, “Look, we got what we wanted!
Now we will eat him alive!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:26 - May those who rejoice at my troubles
be humiliated and disgraced.
May those who triumph over me
be covered with shame and dishonor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:27 - But give great joy to those who came to my defense.
Let them continually say, “Great is the LORD,
who delights in blessing his servant with peace!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 35:28 - Then I will proclaim your justice,
and I will praise you all day long.

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