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Psalm 35 Good News Translation (GNT)

A Prayer for Help[a]

35 Oppose those who oppose me, Lord,
    and fight those who fight against me!
Take your shield and armor
    and come to my rescue.
Lift up your spear and war ax
    against those who pursue me.
Promise that you will save me.

May those who try to kill me
    be defeated and disgraced!
May those who plot against me
    be turned back and confused!
May they be like straw blown by the wind
    as the angel of the Lord pursues them!
May their path be dark and slippery
    while the angel of the Lord strikes them down!

Without any reason they laid a trap for me
    and dug a deep hole to catch me.
But destruction will catch them before they know it;
    they will be caught in their own trap
    and fall to their destruction!

Then I will be glad because of the Lord;
    I will be happy because he saved me.
10 With all my heart I will say to the Lord,
    “There is no one like you.
    You protect the weak from the strong,
    the poor from the oppressor.”

11 Evil people testify against me
    and accuse me of crimes I know nothing about.
12 They pay me back evil for good,
    and I sink in despair.
13 But when they were sick, I dressed in mourning;
    I deprived myself of food;
I prayed with my head bowed low,
14     as I would pray for a friend or a brother.
I went around bent over in mourning,
    as one who mourns for his mother.

15 But when I was in trouble, they were all glad
    and gathered around to make fun of me;
strangers beat me
    and kept striking me.
16 Like those who would mock a cripple,[b]
    they glared at me with hate.

17 How much longer, Lord, will you just look on?
    Rescue me from their attacks;
    save my life from these lions!
18 Then I will thank you in the assembly of your people;
    I will praise you before them all.

19 Don't let my enemies, those liars,
    gloat over my defeat.
Don't let those who hate me for no reason
    smirk with delight over my sorrow.

20 They do not speak in a friendly way;
    instead they invent all kinds of lies about peace-loving people.
21 They accuse me, shouting,
    “We saw what you did!”
22 But you, O Lord, have seen this.
    So don't be silent, Lord;
    don't keep yourself far away!
23 Rouse yourself, O Lord, and defend me;
    rise up, my God, and plead my cause.
24 You are righteous, O Lord, so declare me innocent;
    don't let my enemies gloat over me.
25 Don't let them say to themselves,
    “We are rid of him!
    That's just what we wanted!”

26 May those who gloat over my suffering
    be completely defeated and confused;
may those who claim to be better than I am
    be covered with shame and disgrace.

27 May those who want to see me acquitted
    shout for joy and say again and again,
“How great is the Lord!
    He is pleased with the success of his servant.”
28 Then I will proclaim your righteousness,
    and I will praise you all day long.


  1. Psalm 35:1 HEBREW TITLE: By David.
  2. Psalm 35:16 Probable text Like those … cripple; Hebrew unclear.
Good News Translation (GNT)

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Psalm 35 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 35

Of David.

Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me;
    fight against those who fight against me.
Take up shield and armor;
    arise and come to my aid.
Brandish spear and javelin[a]
    against those who pursue me.
Say to me,
    “I am your salvation.

May those who seek my life
    be disgraced and put to shame;
may those who plot my ruin
    be turned back in dismay.
May they be like chaff before the wind,
    with the angel of the Lord driving them away;
may their path be dark and slippery,
    with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.

Since they hid their net for me without cause
    and without cause dug a pit for me,
may ruin overtake them by surprise—
    may the net they hid entangle them,
    may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.
Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord
    and delight in his salvation.
10 My whole being will exclaim,
    “Who is like you, Lord?
You rescue the poor from those too strong for them,
    the poor and needy from those who rob them.”

11 Ruthless witnesses come forward;
    they question me on things I know nothing about.
12 They repay me evil for good
    and leave me like one bereaved.
13 Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth
    and humbled myself with fasting.
When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
14     I went about mourning
    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;
    assailants gathered against me without my knowledge.
    They slandered me without ceasing.
16 Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked;[b]
    they gnashed their teeth at me.

17 How long, Lord, will you look on?
    Rescue me from their ravages,
    my precious life from these lions.
18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly;
    among the throngs I will praise you.
19 Do not let those gloat over me
    who are my enemies without cause;
do not let those who hate me without reason
    maliciously wink the eye.
20 They do not speak peaceably,
    but devise false accusations
    against those who live quietly in the land.
21 They sneer at me and say, “Aha! Aha!
    With our own eyes we have seen it.”

22 Lord, you have seen this; do not be silent.
    Do not be far from me, Lord.
23 Awake, and rise to my defense!
    Contend for me, my God and Lord.
24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, Lord my God;
    do not let them gloat over me.
25 Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!”
    or say, “We have swallowed him up.”

26 May all who gloat over my distress
    be put to shame and confusion;
may all who exalt themselves over me
    be clothed with shame and disgrace.
27 May those who delight in my vindication
    shout for joy and gladness;
may they always say, “The Lord be exalted,
    who delights in the well-being of his servant.”

28 My tongue will proclaim your righteousness,
    your praises all day long.


  1. Psalm 35:3 Or and block the way
  2. Psalm 35:16 Septuagint; Hebrew may mean Like an ungodly circle of mockers,
New International Version (NIV)

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