1 Plead thou my cause, O Lord, with them that
strive with me: fight thou against them that fight
2 Lay hand upon the shield and buckler, and
stand up for my help.
3 Bring out also the spear, and stop the way against
them that persecute me, say unto my soul, I am thy
4 Let them be confounded and put to shame,
that seek after my soul: let them be turned back,
and brought to confusion, that imagine mine hurt.
5 Let them be as chaff before the wind, and let
the Angel of the Lord scatter them.
6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the
Angel of the Lord persecute them.
7 For without cause they have hid the pit and
their net for me: without cause have they dug a pit
for my soul.
8 Let destruction come upon him at unawares,
and let his net, that he hath laid privily, take him:
let him fall into the same destruction.
9 Then my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it
shall rejoice in his salvation.
10 All my bones shall say, Lord, who is like unto
thee, which deliverest the poor from him, that is
too strong for him! yea, the poor and him that is in
misery, from him that spoileth him!
11 Cruel witnesses did rise up: they asked of me
things that I knew not.
12 They rewarded me evil for good, to have spoiled
13 Yet I, when they were sick, I was clothed with
a sack: I humbled my soul with fasting: and my
prayer was turned upon my bosom.
14 I behaved myself as to my friend, or as to my
brother: I humbled myself, mourning as one that
bewaileth his mother.
15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and
gathered themselves together: the abjects assembled
themselves against me, and I knew not: they tare
me, and ceased not,
16 With the false scoffers at banquets, gnashing
their teeth against me.
17 Lord, how long wilt thou behold this? deliver
my soul from their tumult, even my desolate soul
from the lions.
18 So will I give thee thanks in a great Congregation:
I will praise thee among much people.
19 Let not them that are mine enemies unjustly
rejoice over me, neither let them wink with the eye,
that hate me without a cause.
20 For they speak not as friends: but they imagine
deceitful words against the quiet of the land.
21 And they gaped on me with their mouths,
saying, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen.
22 Thou hast seen it, O Lord: keep not silence:
be not far from me, O Lord.
23 Arise and wake to my judgment, even to my
cause, my God, and my Lord.
24 Judge me, O Lord my God, according to thy
righteousness, and let them not rejoice over me.
25 Let them not say in their hearts, O our soul rejoice:
neither let them say, We have devoured him.
26 Let them be confounded, and put to shame
together, that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed
with confusion and shame, that lift up themselves
27 But let them be joyful and glad, that love my
righteousness: yea, let them say always, Let the Lord be
magnified, which loveth the prosperity of his
28 And my tongue shall utter thy righteousness,
and thy praise every day.servant.