1[Of David] Accuse my accusers, Yahweh, attack my attackers. 2Grasp your buckler and shield, up, and help me. 3Brandish spear and pike to confront my pursuers, give me the assurance, 'I am your Saviour.' 4Shame and humiliation on those who are out to kil me! Defeat and repulse in dismay on those whoplot my downfal . 5May they be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of Yahweh to chase them. 6May their way be dark and slippery, with the angel of Yahweh to hound them. 7Unprovoked they laid their snare for me, unprovoked dug a trap to kill me. 8Ruin comes upon them unawares; the snare they have laid wil catch them, and into their own trapthey will fal . 9Then I shal delight in Yahweh, rejoice that he has saved me. 10My very bones wil al exclaim, Yahweh, who can compare with you in rescuing the poor from theoppressor; the needy from the exploiter? 11False witnesses come forward against me asking me questions I cannot answer, they cross-examineme, 12repay my kindness with cruelty, make my life barren. 13But I, when they were il , had worn sackcloth, and mortified myself with fasting, praying ever anew inmy heart, 14as if for a friend or brother; I had wandered restless, as if mourning a mother, so bowed had I been insorrow. 15When I stumble they gather in glee, gather around me; strangers I never even knew tear me apartincessantly. 16If I fal they surround me, grinding their teeth at me. 17How much longer, Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their onslaughts, from young lions rescuethe one life that I have. 18I wil give you thanks in the great assembly praise you where the people gather. 19Let not my lying enemies gloat over me; those who hate me unprovoked look askance at me. 20They have no greeting of peace to the peace-loving people of the land; they think up deceptivespeeches. 21Their mouths wide open to accuse me, they say, 'Come on now, we saw you.' 22You saw it, Yahweh, do not stay silent; Lord, do not stand aloof from me. 23Up, awake, to my defence, my God and my Lord, to my cause. 24In your saving justice give judgement for me, Yahweh my God, and do not let them gloat over me. 25Do not let them think, 'Just as we hoped,' nor, 'Now we have swal owed him up.' 26Shame and dismay on them al who gloat over my misfortunes. Let al who profit at my expense becovered with shame and disgrace. 27But let al who delight in my uprightness shout for joy and gladness; let them constantly say, 'Great isYahweh, who delights to see his servant in peace.' 28And my tongue shal recount your saving justice, al day long sing your praise.
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