35 Lord, ·battle with [contend with; accuse; bring a charge against] those who ·battle with [contend with; accuse; bring a charge against] me. Fight against those who fight against me. 2 Pick up the ·shield and armor [L small shield and large shield]. Rise up and help me. 3 Lift up your ·spears [javelins], both large and small, against those who ·chase [pursue] me. Tell ·me [L my soul], “I ·will save you [am your salvation/victory].”
4 Make those who ·want to kill me [L seek my life/soul] be ashamed and ·disgraced [humiliated]. Make those who ·plan to harm me [plot evil against me] turn back and ·run away [be dismayed]. 5 Make them like chaff [C the worthless leftovers from threshing grain] blown by the wind as the angel of the Lord ·forces [drives] them away. 6 Let their road be dark and slippery as the angel of the Lord chases them. 7 For no reason they ·spread out [L hid] their ·net [L pit] to trap me; for no reason they dug a pit for me. 8 So let ruin strike them ·suddenly [or without their awareness]. Let them be caught in their own nets; let them fall into the pit and ·die [be ruined]. 9 Then ·I [my soul] will rejoice in the Lord; I will be happy when he ·saves me [provides victory for me]. 10 Even my bones will say, “Lord, who is like you? You ·save [rescue; T deliver] the ·weak [afflicted; or poor] from the strong, the ·weak [afflicted; or poor] and poor from robbers.”
11 ·Men without mercy stand up to testify [L Violent witnesses rise up]. They ask me things I do not know. 12 They repay me with evil for the good I have done, and ·they make me very sad [my soul is bereaved]. 13 Yet when they were sick, I put on ·clothes of sadness [sackcloth; burlap] and showed my sorrow by fasting. But my prayers ·were not answered [L turned back on my bosom]. 14 I acted as if they were my ·friends [or neighbors] or brothers. I ·bowed in sadness as if I were crying [went around as if mourning] for my mother. 15 But when I ·was in trouble [stumbled], they gathered and laughed; they gathered to attack before I knew it. They ·insulted [tore at] me without stopping. 16 They made fun of me and were cruel to me and ·ground [gnashed] their teeth at me in anger. 17 Lord, how long will you watch this happen? Save my life from their attacks; ·save me from these people who are like [L my life from the] lions. 18 I will ·praise [thank] you in the great ·meeting [assembly]. I will praise you among ·crowds of people [the mighty crowd/throng]. 19 Do not let my enemies ·laugh at [rejoice over] me; they hate me for no reason. Do not let them ·make fun of me [L wink their eye at me; C a reference to secretive plans or magic; Prov. 6:12–13]; they have no cause to hate me. 20 Their words are not ·friendly [peaceful] but are lies ·about [or against] ·peace-loving people [L the quiet in the land]. 21 They ·speak against me [L open their mouths] and say, “Aha! ·We saw what you did [Our eyes have seen it]!”
22 Lord, you have been watching. Do not keep quiet. Lord, do not ·leave me alone [L be far from me]. 23 Wake up! ·Come [Arouse yourself] and ·defend [vindicate; show justice to] me! My God and Lord, ·fight [contend] for me! 24 Lord my God, ·defend [vindicate] me with your justice. Don’t let them ·laugh at [rejoice over] me. 25 Don’t let them ·think [L say in their hearts], “Aha! We got what we wanted!” Don’t let them say, “We ·destroyed [L swallowed] him.” 26 Let them be ashamed and ·embarrassed [humiliated], because they ·were happy [rejoiced] when I hurt. ·Cover [L Clothe] them with shame and disgrace, because they thought they were better than I was. 27 May ·my friends [L those who want my vindication] sing and shout for joy. May they always say, “Praise the greatness of the Lord, who ·loves [delights; takes pleasure] to see ·his servants do well [L the peace/prosperity of his servant].” 28 ·I [L My tongue] will tell of your goodness and will praise you every day.
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