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Psalm 35

A Psalm of David.

8,6,8,6

1Plead, Lord, with those that plead; and fight

with those that fight with me.

2Of shield and buckler take thou hold,

stand up mine help to be.

3Draw also out the spear, and do

against them stop the way

That me pursue: unto my soul,

I’m thy salvation, say.

4Let them confounded be and sham’d

that for my soul have sought:

Who plot my hurt turn’d back be they,

and to confusion brought.

5Let them be like unto the chaff

that flies before the wind;

And let the angel of the Lord

pursue them hard behind.

6With darkness cover thou their way,

and let it slipp’ry prove;

And let the angel of the Lord

pursue them from above.

7For without cause have they for me

their net hid in a pit,

They also have without a cause

for my soul digged it.

8Let ruin seize him unawares;

his net he hid withal

Himself let catch; and in the same

destruction let him fall.

9My soul in God shall joy; and glad

in his salvation be:

10And all my bones shall say, O Lord,

who is like unto thee,

Which dost the poor set free from him

that is for him too strong;

The poor and needy from the man

that spoils and does him wrong?

11False witnesses rose; to my charge

things I not knew they laid.

12They, to the spoiling of my soul,

me ill for good repaid.

13But as for me, when they were sick,

in sackcloth sad I mourn’d:

My humbled soul did fast, my pray’r

into my bosom turn’d.

14Myself I did behave as he

had been my friend or brother;

I heavily bow’d down, as one

that mourneth for his mother.

15But in my trouble they rejoic’d,

gath’ring themselves together;

Yea, abjects vile together did

themselves against me gather:

I knew it not; they did me tear,

and quiet would not be.

16With mocking hypocrites, at feasts

they gnash’d their teeth at me.

17How long, Lord, look’st thou on? from those

destructions they intend

Rescue my soul, from lions young

my darling do defend.

18I will give thanks to thee, O Lord,

within th’ assembly great;

And where much people gather’d are

thy praises forth will set.

19Let not my wrongful enemies

proudly rejoice o’er me;

Nor who me hate without a cause,

let them wink with the eye.

20For peace they do not speak at all;

but crafty plots prepare

Against all those within the land

that meek and quiet are.

21With mouths set wide, they ‘gainst me said,

Ha, ha! our eye doth see.

22Lord, thou hast seen, hold not thy peace;

Lord, be not far from me.

23Stir up thyself; wake, that thou may’st

judgment to me afford,

Ev’n to my cause, O thou that art

my only God and Lord.

24O Lord my God, do thou me judge

after thy righteousness;

And let them not their joy ‘gainst me

triumphantly express:

25Nor let them say within their hearts,

Ah, we would have it thus;

Nor suffer them to say, that he

is swallow’d up by us.

26Sham’d and confounded be they all

that at my hurt are glad;

Let those against me that do boast

with shame and scorn be clad.

27Let them that love my righteous cause

be glad, shout, and not cease

To say, The Lord be magnify’d,

who loves his servant’s peace.

28Thy righteousness shall also be

declared by my tongue;

The praises that belong to thee

speak shall it all day long.

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