Prayer for Rescue from Enemies.
A Psalm of David.
1 Contend, O LORD, with those who contend R990 with me;
Fight against those who fight R991 against me.
2 Take hold of buckler R992 F301 and shield
And rise up for my R993 help.
3 Draw also the spear and the F302 battle-axe to meet those who pursue me;
Say to my soul, "I am your R994 salvation."
4 Let those be ashamed R995 and dishonored who seek my life; F303
Let those be turned R996 back and humiliated who devise evil against me.
5 Let them be like R997 chaff before the wind,
With the angel of the LORD driving them on.
6 Let their way be dark and slippery, R998
With the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
7 For without R999 cause they hid R1000 their net for me;
Without cause they dug a pit F304 for my soul.
8 Let destruction R1001 come upon him unawares,
And let R1002 the net which he hid catch himself;
Into that very destruction R1003 let him fall.
9 And my soul shall rejoice R1004 in the LORD;
It shall exult R1005 in His salvation.
10 All my bones R1006 will say, "LORD, who R1007 is like You,
Who delivers the afflicted from him who R1008 is too strong for him,
And the R1009 afflicted and the needy from him who robs him?"
11 Malicious R1010 witnesses rise up;
They ask me of things that I do not know.
12 They repay R1011 me evil for good,
To the bereavement of my soul.
13 But as for me, when R1012 they were sick, my clothing R1013 was sackcloth;
I humbled R1014 my soul with fasting,
And my prayer R1015 kept returning to my bosom.
14 I went about as though it were my friend or brother;
I bowed R1016 down mourning, F305 as one who sorrows for a mother.
15 But at R1017 my stumbling F306 they rejoiced and gathered themselves together;
The smiters R1018 F307 whom I did not know gathered together against me,
They slandered R1019 F308 me without ceasing.
16 Like godless jesters at a feast,
They gnashed R1020 at me with their teeth.
17 Lord, how R1021 long will You look on?
Rescue my soul from R1022 their ravages,
My only R1023 life from the lions.
18 I will give R1024 You thanks in the great congregation;
I will praise R1025 You among a mighty throng.
19 Do R1026 not let those who are wrongfully my R1027 enemies rejoice over me;
Nor let those who R1028 hate me without cause wink R1029 F309 maliciously.
20 For they do not speak peace,
But they devise deceitful R1030 words against those who are quiet in the land.
21 They opened R1031 their mouth wide against me;
They said, "Aha, R1032 aha, our eyes have seen it!"
22 You R1033 have seen it, O LORD, do R1034 not keep silent;
O Lord, do R1035 not be far from me.
23 Stir R1036 up Yourself, and awake to my right
And to my cause, my God and my Lord.
24 Judge R1037 me, O LORD my God, according to Your righteousness,
And do R1038 not let them rejoice over me.
25 Do not let them say in their heart, "Aha, R1039 our desire!"
Do not let them say, "We have swallowed R1040 him up!"
26 Let those R1041 be ashamed and humiliated altogether who rejoice at my distress;
Let those be clothed R1042 with shame and dishonor who magnify R1043 themselves over me.
27 Let them shout R1044 for joy and rejoice, who favor my R1045 vindication;
And let R1046 them say continually, "The LORD be magnified,
Who delights R1047 in the prosperity of His servant."
28 And my R1048 tongue shall declare Your righteousness
And Your praise all day long.
F301: Or iniquity
F302: Lit in a time of finding out
F303: Or shouts
F304: Some versions read in a water skin; i.e. container
F305: Or stood forth
F306: Or their heart together
F307: Or wait
F308: Or waited for
F309: Or changed his behavior
R990: Psalms 18:43; Isaiah 49:25
R991: Psalms 56:2
R992: Psalms 91:4
R993: Psalms 44:26
R994: Psalms 62:2
R995: Psalms 70:2
R996: Psalms 40:14; 129:5
R997: Job 1:21:18; Psalms 83:13; Isaiah 29:5
R998: Psalms 73:18; Jeremiah 23:12
R999: Psalms 69:4; 109:3; 140:5
R1000: Psalms 9:15
R1001: Psalms 55:23; Isaiah 47:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:3
R1002: Psalms 9:15
R1003: Psalms 73:18
R1004: Isaiah 61:10
R1005: Psalms 9:14; 13:5; Luke 1:47
R1006: Psalms 51:8
R1007: Exodus 15:11; Psalms 86:8; Micah 7:18
R1008: Psalms 18:17
R1009: Psalms 37:14; 109:16
R1010: Psalms 27:12
R1011: Psalms 38:20; 109:5; Jeremiah 18:20; John 10:32
R1012: Job 1:30:25
R1013: Psalms 69:11
R1014: Psalms 69:10
R1015: Matthew 10:13; Luke 10:6
R1016: Psalms 38:6
R1017: Obadiah 1:1:12
R1018: Job 1:30:1,8,12
R1019: Psalms 7:2
R1020: Job 1:16:9; Psalms 37:12; Lamentations 2:16
R1021: Psalms 13:1; Habakkuk 1:13
R1022: Psalms 35:7
R1023: Psalms 22:20,21
R1024: Psalms 22:22
R1025: Psalms 22:25
R1026: Psalms 13:4; 30:1; 38:16
R1027: Psalms 38:19; 69:4
R1028: John 15:25
R1029: Proverbs 6:13; 10:10
R1030: Psalms 55:21; Jeremiah 9:8; Micah 6:12
R1031: Job 1:16:10; Psalms 22:13
R1032: Psalms 40:15; 70:3
R1033: Exodus 3:7; Psalms 10:14
R1034: Psalms 28:1
R1035: Psalms 10:1; 22:11; 38:21; 71:12
R1036: Psalms 7:6; 44:23; 59:4; 80:2
R1037: Psalms 9:4; 26:1; 43:1
R1038: Psalms 35:19
R1039: Psalms 35:21
R1040: Psalms 56:1; 124:3; Proverbs 1:12; Lamentations 2:16
R1041: Psalms 40:14
R1042: Psalms 109:29
R1043: Job 1:19:5; Psalms 38:16
R1044: Psalms 32:11
R1045: Psalms 9:4
R1046: Psalms 40:16; 70:4
R1047: Psalms 147:11; 149:4
R1048: Psalms 51:14; 71:15,24