Psalm 35 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)
35 1 So long as Saul was enemy to David, all that had any authority under him, to flatter their king (as is the course of the world) did also most cruelly persecute David: against whom he prayeth God to plead and to avenge his cause, 8 that they may be taken in their nets and snares, which they laid for him, that his innocency may be declared, 27 and that the innocent, which taketh part with him, may rejoice and praise the Name of the Lord, that thus delivereth his servant. 28 And so he promiseth to speak forth the justice of the Lord, and to magnify his Name all the days of his life.
A Psalm of David.
1 Plead thou my [a]cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me: fight thou against them that fight against me.
2 [b]Lay hand upon the shield and buckler, and stand up for my help.
3 Bring out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me, say unto my [c]soul, I am thy salvation.
4 Let them be confounded and put to shame, that seek after my soul: let them be turned back, and brought to confusion, that imagine mine hurt.
5 Let them be as chaff before the wind, and let the Angel of the Lord [d]scatter them.
6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the Angel of the Lord persecute them.
7 For [e]without cause they have hid the pit and their net for me: without cause have they dug a pit for my soul.
9 Then my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his salvation.
10 All my [h]bones shall say, Lord, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him, that is too strong for him! yea, the poor and him that is in misery, from him that spoileth him!
11 [i]Cruel witnesses did rise up: they asked of me things that I knew not.
12 They rewarded me evil for good, to [j]have spoiled my soul.
13 Yet I, when they were sick, I was clothed with a sack: I humbled my soul with fasting: and [k]my prayer was turned upon my bosom.
14 I behaved myself as to my friend, or as to my brother: I humbled myself, mourning as one that bewaileth his mother.
16 With the false scoffers at [n]banquets, gnashing their teeth against me.
17 Lord, how long wilt thou behold this? deliver my soul from their tumult, even my desolate soul from the lions.
18 So will I give thee thanks in a great Congregation: I will praise thee among much people.
19 Let not them that are mine enemies unjustly rejoice over me, neither let them [o]wink with the eye, that hate me without a cause.
20 For they speak not as friends: but they imagine deceitful words against the [p]quiet of the land.
21 And they gaped on me with their mouths, saying, Aha, aha, [q]our eye hath seen.
22 Thou hast seen it, O Lord: keep not silence: be not far from me, O Lord.
23 Arise and wake to my judgment, even to my cause, my God, and my Lord.
24 Judge me, O Lord my God, according to thy [r]righteousness, and let them not rejoice over me.
25 Let them not say in their hearts, [s]O our soul rejoice: neither let them say, We have devoured him.
28 And my tongue shall utter thy righteousness, and thy praise every day.
Psalm 35 New International Version (NIV)
1 Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me;
4 May those who seek my life
7 Since they hid their net for me without cause
11 Ruthless witnesses come forward;
17 How long, Lord, will you look on?
22 Lord, you have seen this; do not be silent.
26 May all who gloat over my distress
28 My tongue will proclaim your righteousness,