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1 Contend,h Lord, with those who contend with me;
fighti against those who fight against me.
2 Take up shieldj and armor;
against those who pursue me.
Say to me,
“I am your salvation.o”
4 May those who seek my lifep
may those who plot my ruin
be turned backs in dismay.
5 May they be like chafft before the wind,
with the angel of the Lordu driving them away;
with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.
and without cause dug a pitx for me,
8 may ruin overtake them by surprise—y
may the net they hid entangle them,
may they fall into the pit,z to their ruin.
9 Then my soul will rejoicea in the Lord
and delight in his salvation.b
“Who is like you,c Lord?
You rescue the poor from those too strongd for them,
the poor and needye from those who rob them.”
11 Ruthless witnessesf come forward;
they question me on things I know nothing about.
12 They repay me evil for goodg
and leave me like one bereaved.
13 Yet when they were ill, I put on sackclothh
and humbled myself with fasting.i
When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
14 I went about mourningj
as though for my friend or brother.
I bowed my head in grief
as though weeping for my mother.
15 But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;k
assailants gathered against me without my knowledge.
They slanderedl me without ceasing.
they gnashed their teethn at me.
17 How long,o Lord, will you look on?
Rescue me from their ravages,
18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly;r
who are my enemiesu without cause;
do not let those who hate me without reasonv
maliciously wink the eye.w
but devise false accusationsx
against those who live quietly in the land.
With our own eyes we have seen it.”
22 Lord, you have seena this; do not be silent.
Do not be farb from me, Lord.
Contende for me, my God and Lord.
do not let them gloatf over me.
25 Do not let them think, “Aha,g just what we wanted!”
or say, “We have swallowed him up.”h
be put to shamek and confusion;
may all who exalt themselves over mel
be clothed with shame and disgrace.
27 May those who delight in my vindicationm
shout for joyn and gladness;
may they always say, “The Lord be exalted,
28 My tongue will proclaim your righteousness,q
your praises all day long.r
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