Plead my cause, O LORD, with those who strive with me;
Fight against those who fight against me.
Take hold of shield and buckler,
And stand up for my help.
Also draw out the spear,
And stop those who pursue me.
Say to my soul,
"I am your salvation."
a Let those be put to shame and brought to dishonor
Who seek after my life;
Let those be b turned back and brought to confusion
Who plot my hurt.
c Let them be like chaff before the wind,
And let the angel of the LORD chase them.
Let their way be d dark and slippery,
And let the angel of the LORD pursue them.
For without cause they have e hidden their net for me in a pit,
Which they have dug without cause for my life.
Let f destruction come upon him unexpectedly,
And let his net that he has hidden catch himself;
Into that very destruction let him fall.
And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD;
It shall rejoice in His salvation.
g All my bones shall say,
"LORD, h who is like You,
Delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him,
Yes, the poor and the needy from him who plunders him?"
Fierce witnesses rise up;
They ask me things that I do not know.
i They reward me evil for good,
To the sorrow of my soul.
But as for me, j when they were sick,
My clothing was sackcloth;
I humbled myself with fasting;
And my prayer would return to my own heart.
I paced about as though he were my friend or brother;
I bowed down heavily, as one who mourns for his mother.
But in my adversity they rejoiced
And gathered together;
Attackers gathered against me,
And I did not know it;
They tore at me and did not cease;
With ungodly mockers at feasts
They gnashed at me with their teeth.
Lord, how long will You k look on?
Rescue me from their destructions,
My precious life from the lions.
I will give You thanks in the great assembly;
I will praise You among many people.
l Let them not rejoice over me who are wrongfully my enemies;
Nor let them wink with the eye who hate me without a cause.
For they do not speak peace,
But they devise deceitful matters
Against the quiet ones in the land.
They also opened their mouth wide against me,
And said, "Aha, aha!
Our eyes have seen it."
This You have seen, O LORD;
Do not keep silence.
O Lord, do not be far from me.
Stir up Yourself, and awake to my vindication,
To my cause, my God and my Lord.
Vindicate me, O LORD my God, according to Your righteousness;
And let them not rejoice over me.
Let them not say in their hearts, "Ah, so we would have it!"
Let them not say, "We have swallowed him up."
Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion
Who rejoice at my hurt;
Let them be m clothed with shame and dishonor
Who exalt themselves against me.
n Let them shout for joy and be glad,
Who favor my righteous cause;
And let them say continually,
"Let the LORD be magnified,
Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant."
And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness
And of Your praise all the day long.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion Who seek to destroy my life; Let them be driven backward and brought to dishonor Who wish me evil.
Let them be confounded because of their shame, Who say to me, "Aha, aha!
Let them be ashamed and confounded Who seek my life; Let them be turned back and confused Who desire my hurt.
Let them be turned back because of their shame, Who say, "Aha, aha!
Let all those who hate Zion Be put to shame and turned back.
They are like straw before the wind, And like chaff that a storm carries away.
O my God, make them like the whirling dust, Like the chaff before the wind!
Moreover the multitude of your foes Shall be like fine dust, And the multitude of the terrible ones Like chaff that passes away; Yes, it shall be in an instant, suddenly.
Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.
Therefore their way shall be to them Like slippery ways; In the darkness they shall be driven on And fall in them; For I will bring disaster on them, The year of their punishment," says the LORD.
The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made; In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.
But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; But I will trust in You.
Therefore evil shall come upon you; You shall not know from where it arises. And trouble shall fall upon you; You will not be able to put it off. And desolation shall come upon you suddenly, Which you shall not know.
1 Thessalonians 5:3
For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice.
Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, Fearful in praises, doing wonders?
Also Your righteousness, O God, is very high, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You?
Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord; Nor are there any works like Your works.
Who is a God like You, Pardoning iniquity And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in mercy.
Those also who render evil for good, They are my adversaries, because I follow what is good.
Thus they have rewarded me evil for good, And hatred for my love.
Shall evil be repaid for good? For they have dug a pit for my life. Remember that I stood before You To speak good for them, To turn away Your wrath from them.
Jesus answered them, "Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?
Have I not wept for him who was in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor?
How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?
You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, And cannot look on wickedness. Why do You look on those who deal treacherously, And hold Your tongue when the wicked devours A person more righteous than he?
Those who hate me without a cause Are more than the hairs of my head; They are mighty who would destroy me, Being my enemies wrongfully; Though I have stolen nothing, I still must restore it.
They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without a cause.
My enemies without cause Hunted me down like a bird.
"But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, 'They hated Me without a cause.'
Let my accusers be clothed with shame, And let them cover themselves with their own disgrace as with a mantle.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.