Psalms 35. Judica, Domine.
PLEAD thou my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me, *
and fight thou against them that fight against me.
2 Lay hand upon the shield and buckler, * and stand up to help
3 Bring forth the spear, and stop the way against them that pursue
me: * say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
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 mischief for me.
5 Let them be as the dust before the wind, * and the angel of
the LORD scattering them.
6 Let their way be dark and slippery, * and let the angel of
the LORD pursue them.
7 For they have privily laid their net to destroy me without
a cause; * yea, even without a cause have they made a pit for
8 Let a sudden destruction come upon him unawares, and his net
that he hath laid privily catch himself; * that he may fall into
his own mischief.
9 And 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, who 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 False witnesses did rise up: * they laid to my charge things
that I knew not.
12 They rewarded me evil for good, * to the great discomfort
of my soul.
13 Nevertheless, when they were sick, I put on sackcloth, and
humbled my soul with fasting; * and my prayer shall turn into
mine own bosom.
14 I behaved myself as though it had been my friend or my brother;
* I went heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.
15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves
together; * yea, the very abjects came together against me unawares,
making mouths at me, and ceased not.
16 With the flatterers were busy mockers, * who gnashed upon
me with their teeth.
17 Lord, how long wilt thou look upon this? * O deliver my soul
from the calamities which they bring on me, and my darling from
18 So will I give thee thanks in the great congregation; * I
will praise thee among much people.
19 O let not them that are mine enemies triumph over me ungodly;
* neither let them wink with their eyes, that hate me without
20 And why? their communing is not for peace; * but they imagine
deceitful words against them that are quiet in the land.
21 They gaped upon me with their mouths, and said, * Fie on thee!
fie on thee! we saw it with our eyes.
22 This thou hast seen, O LORD; * hold not thy tongue then; go
not far from me, O Lord.
23 Awake, and stand up to judge my quarrel; * avenge thou my
cause, my God and my Lord.
24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; *
and let them not triumph over me.
25 Let them not say in their hearts, There! there! so would we
have it; * neither let them say, We have devoured him.
26 Let them be put to confusion and shame together, that rejoice
at my trouble; * let them be clothed with rebuke and dishonour,
that boast themselves against me.
27 Let them be glad and rejoice, that favour my righteous dealing;
* yea, let them say alway, Blessed be the LORD, who hath pleasure
in the prosperity of his servant.
28 And as for my tongue, it shall be talking of thy righteousness,
* and of thy praise, all the day long.