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Of David. 35 Do conduct my case, O Jehovah,* against my opponents;+ War against those warring against me.+ 2 Take hold of buckler and large shield,+ And do rise up in assistance of me,+ 3 And draw spear and double ax to meet those pursuing me.+ Say to my soul: “I am your salvation.”+ 4 May those be shamed and humiliated who are hunting for my soul.+ May those be turned back and be abashed who are scheming calamity for me.+ 5 May they become like chaff before the wind,+ And let Jehovah’s angel be pushing [them] along.+ 6 Let their way become darkness and slippery places,+ And let Jehovah’s angel be pursuing them. 7 For without cause they have hid for me their netted pit;+ Without cause they have dug it for my soul.*+ 8 Let ruin come upon him without his knowing,+ And let his own net that he hid catch him;+ With ruin let him fall into it.+ 9 But let my own soul be joyful in Jehovah;+ Let it exult in his salvation.+ 10 Let all my bones themselves say:+ “O Jehovah, who is there like you,+ Delivering the afflicted one from one stronger than he is,+ And the afflicted and poor one from the one robbing him?”+ 11 Violent witnesses rise up;+ What I have not known they ask me.+ 12 They reward me with bad for good,+ Bereavement to my soul.+ 13 As for me, when they became ill, my clothing was sackcloth,+ With fasting I afflicted my soul,+ And upon my bosom my own prayer would return.+ 14 As for a companion, as for a brother of mine,+ I walked about like one mourning for a mother.+ Saddened, I bowed down. 15 But at my limping they rejoiced and gathered together;+ They gathered together against me,+ Striking [me] down when I did not know it;+ They ripped [me] to pieces and did not keep silent.+ 16 Among the apostate mockers for a cake*+ There was a grinding* of their teeth even against me.+ 17 O Jehovah,* how long will you keep seeing [it]?+ Do bring back my soul from their ravages,+ Even my only one*+ from the maned young lions. 18 I will laud you in the big congregation;*+ Among a numerous people I shall praise you.+ 19 O may those who for no reason are my enemies not rejoice over me;+ As for those hating me without cause, let them not wink the eye.+ 20 For it is not peace that they speak;+ But against the quiet ones of the earth Things of deception they keep scheming.+ 21 And they open wide their mouth even against me.+ They have said: “Aha! Aha! our eye has seen [it].”+ 22 You have seen, O Jehovah.*+ Do not keep silent.*+ O Jehovah,* do not keep yourself far from me.+ 23 Do arouse yourself* and awake to my judgment,+ O my God, even Jehovah,* to my case at law.+ 24 Judge me according to your righteousness, O Jehovah* my God,+ And may they not rejoice over me.+ 25 O may they not say in their heart: “Aha, our soul!”*+ May they not say: “We have swallowed him up.”+ 26 Let those be ashamed and abashed all together+ Who are joyful at my calamity.+ Let those be clothed with shame+ and humiliation who are assuming great airs against me.+ 27 Let those cry out joyfully and rejoice who are delighting in my righteousness,+ And let them say constantly:+ “Let Jehovah* be magnified, who takes delight in the peace of his servant.”+ 28 And let my own tongue utter in an undertone your righteousness,+ All day long your praise.+
^ “For my soul.” Heb., lenaph·shiʹ; Gr., psy·khenʹ; Lat., aʹni·mam. See App 4A.
^ “The apostate mockers for a cake,” that is, ungodly buffoons.
^ “There was a grinding.” In Heb. this is a verb in the infinitive absolute, indefinite as to time and impersonal.
^ One of 134 scribal changes from YHWH to ʼAdho·naiʹ. See App 1B.
^ “My only one,” fem., referring to “my soul,” fem.
^ “In the big congregation.” Heb., beqa·halʹ rav; Gr., ek·kle·siʹai; Lat., ec·cleʹsi·a.
^ Or, “Do not be deaf.”
^ See vs 17 ftn, “Jehovah.”
^ LXX adds “O Jehovah.”
^ See vs 17 ftn, “Jehovah.”
^ That is, ‘What our souls wanted!’