Psalm 35:1-16 New Life Version (NLV)
Prayer for Help
35 O Lord, stand against those who stand against me. Fight those who fight me. 2 Take hold of a safe-covering and rise up to help me. 3 Take a spear and battle-ax against those who come to get me. Say to my soul, “I am the One Who saves you.” 4 Let the people be ashamed and without honor who want to take my life. Let those be turned away and brought to shame who plan to hurt me. 5 Let them be like straw in the wind. May the angel of the Lord drive them away. 6 Let their way be dark and dangerous, with the angel of the Lord going to get them. 7 For without a reason they hid their net for me. Without a reason, they dug a hole for my soul. 8 Let them be destroyed before they know it. And let them be caught in their own net. May they destroy themselves as they fall into their own hole.
9 My soul will be happy in the Lord. It will be full of joy because He saves. 10 All my bones will say, “Lord, who is like You? Who saves the weak from those too strong for them? Who saves the poor from those who would rob them?” 11 People come telling lies. They ask me of things that I do not know. 12 They pay me what is bad in return for what is good. My soul is sad. 13 But when they were sick, I put on clothes made from hair. With no pride in my soul, I would not eat. And I prayed with my head on my chest. 14 I went about as if it were my friend or brother. I put my head down in sorrow, like one crying for his mother. 15 But when I would fall, they would gather together in joy. Those who say things to hurt people would gather against me. I did not know them. They spoke against me without stopping. 16 They ground their teeth at me like bad people making fun of others at a special supper.