Psalm 35 Plead my cause, O Lord.

Plead my cause, O Lord, 

with them that strive with me: 

fight against them 

that fight against me.

Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.

Draw out also the spear, 

and stop the way against them 

that persecute me: 

say unto my soul, 

I am thy salvation.

Let them be confounded 

and put to shame 

that seek after my soul: 

let them be turned back 

and brought to confusion 

that devise my hurt.

Let them be as chaff 

before the wind: 

and let the angel of the Lord 

chase them.

Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the Lord 

persecute them.

For without cause have they 

hid for me their net in a pit, 

which without cause 

they have digged for my soul.

Let destruction come upon him 

at unawares; 

and let his net that he hath hid 

catch himself: 

into that very destruction 

let him fall.

And my soul shall be joyful 

in the Lord: 

it shall rejoice in his salvation.

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 

the needy from him 

that spoileth him?

False witnesses did rise up; 

they laid to my charge things 

that I knew not.

They rewarded me evil for good 

to the spoiling of my soul.

But as for me, 

when they were sick, 

my clothing was sackcloth: 

I humbled my soul with fasting; 

and my prayer returned 

into mine own bosom.

I behaved myself 

as though he had been 

my friend or brother: 

I bowed down heavily, 

as one that mourneth 

for his mother.

But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, 

and I knew it not; 

they did tear me, 

and ceased not:

With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me 

with their teeth.

Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from 

their destructions, 

my darling from the lions.

I will give thee thanks 

in the great congregation: 

I will praise thee 

among much people.

Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: 

neither let them 

wink with the eye 

that hate me without a cause.

For they speak not peace: 

but they devise deceitful matters against them 

that are quiet in the land.

Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, 

and said, Aha, aha, 

our eye hath seen it.

This thou hast seen, O Lord: 

keep not silence: O Lord, 

be not far from me.

Stir up thyself, 

and awake to my judgment, 

even unto my cause, 

my God and my Lord.

 Judge me, O Lord my God, 

according to thy righteousness; 

and let them not rejoice over me.

Let them not say in their hearts, 

Ah, so would we have it: 

let them not say, 

We have swallowed him up.

Let them be ashamed 

and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: 

let them be clothed 

with shame and dishonour 

that magnify themselves 

against me.

Let them shout for joy, 

and be glad, 

that favour my righteous cause: 

yea, let them say continually, 

Let the Lord be magnified, 

which hath pleasure 

in the prosperity of his servant.

And my tongue shall speak 

of thy righteousness 

and of thy praise all the day long.

Please share your reflections on this psalm with me.  Thanks! — Bob Wilhelm

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