1 Plead thou my cause, O Lord, with them that

strive with me: fight thou against them that fight

against me.

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

my soul.

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

against me.

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.

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