Prayer for Protection against Oppressors.
A Prayer of David.
17 Hear the just (righteous) cause, O Lord; listen to my loud [piercing] cry;
Listen to my prayer, that comes from guileless lips.
Let my verdict of vindication come from Your presence;
May Your eyes look with equity and behold things that are just.
You have tried my heart;
You have visited me in the night;
You have tested me and You find nothing [evil in me];
I intend that my mouth will not transgress.
Concerning the deeds of men, by the word of Your lips
I have kept away from the paths of the violent.
My steps have held closely to Your paths;
My feet have not staggered.
I have called upon You, for You, O God, will answer me;
Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech.
Wondrously show Your [marvelous and amazing] lovingkindness,
O Savior of those who take refuge at Your right hand
From those who rise up against them.
Keep me [in Your affectionate care, protect me] as the [a]apple of Your eye;
Hide me in the [protective] shadow of Your wings
From the wicked who despoil and deal violently with me,
My deadly enemies who surround me.
They have closed their [b]unfeeling heart [to kindness and compassion];
With their mouths they speak proudly and make presumptuous claims.
They track us down and have now surrounded us in our steps;
They set their eyes to force us to the ground,
He is like a lion eager to tear [his prey],
And like a young lion lurking in hiding places.
Arise, O Lord, confront him, cast him down;
Save my soul from the wicked with Your sword,
From men with Your hand, O Lord,
From men of the world [these moths of the night] whose portion [of enjoyment] is in this life—idle and vain,
And whose belly You fill with Your treasure;
They are satisfied with children,
And they leave what they have left [of wealth] to their children.
As for me, I shall see Your face in righteousness;
I will be [fully] satisfied when I awake [to find myself] seeing Your likeness.
Prayer for Rescue from Enemies.
A Psalm of David.
35 Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me;
Fight against those who fight against me.
Take hold of shield and buckler ([a]small shield),
And stand up for my help.
Draw also the spear and javelin to meet those who pursue me.
Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.”
Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life;
Let those be turned back [in defeat] and humiliated who plot evil against me.
Let them be [blown away] like chaff before the wind [worthless, without substance],
With the angel of the Lord driving them on.
Let their way be dark and slippery,
With the angel of the Lord pursuing and harassing them.
For without cause they hid their net for me;
Without cause they dug a pit [of destruction] for my life.
Let destruction come upon my enemy by surprise;
Let the net he hid for me catch him;
Into that very destruction let him fall.
Then my soul shall rejoice in the Lord;
It shall rejoice in His salvation.
All my bones will say, “Lord, who is like You,
Who rescues the afflicted from him who is too strong for him [to resist alone],
And the afflicted and the needy from him who robs him?”
Malicious witnesses rise up;
They ask me of things that I do not know.
They repay me evil for good,
To the sorrow of my soul.
But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth (mourning garment);
I humbled my soul with fasting,
And I prayed with my head bowed on my chest.
I behaved as if grieving for my friend or my brother;
I bowed down in mourning, as one who sorrows for his mother.
But in my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered together [against me];
The slanderers whom I did not know gathered against me;
They slandered and reviled me without ceasing.
Like godless jesters at a feast,
They gnashed at me with their teeth [in malice].
Lord, how long will You look on [without action]?
Rescue my life from their destructions,
My only life from the young lions.
I will give You thanks in the great congregation;
I will praise You among a mighty people.
Do not let those who are wrongfully my enemies rejoice over me;
Nor let those who hate me without cause wink their eye [maliciously].(A)
For they do not speak peace,
But they devise deceitful words [half-truths and lies] against those who are quiet in the land.
They open their mouths wide against me;
They say, “Aha, aha, our eyes have seen it!”
You have seen this, O Lord; do not keep silent.
O Lord, do not be far from me.
Wake Yourself up, and arise to my right
And to my cause, my God and my Lord.
Judge me, O Lord my God, according to Your righteousness and justice;
And do not let them rejoice over me.
Do not let them say in their heart, “Aha, that is what we wanted!”
Do not let them say, “We have swallowed him up and destroyed him.”
Let those be ashamed and humiliated together who rejoice at my distress;
Let those be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves over me.
Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication and want what is right for me;
Let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, who delights and takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
And my tongue shall declare Your righteousness (justice),
And Your praise all the day long.
- Psalm 35:2 See note Jer 46:3.
Prayer for Defense against Enemies.
To the Chief Musician; with stringed instruments. A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of David, when the Ziphites went and told Saul, “David is hiding among us.”
54 Save me, O God, by Your name;
And vindicate me by Your [wondrous] power.
Hear my prayer, O God;
Listen to the words of my mouth.
For strangers have risen against me
And violent men have sought my life;
They have not set God before them. Selah.
Behold, God is my helper and ally;
The Lord is the sustainer of my soul [my upholder].
He will pay back the evil to my enemies;
In Your faithfulness destroy them.
With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to You;
I will give thanks and praise Your name, O Lord, for it is good.
For He has rescued me from every trouble,
And my eye has looked with satisfaction (triumph) on my enemies.
The Thirsting Soul Satisfied in God.
A Psalm of David; when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
63 O God, You are my God; with deepest longing I will seek You;
My [a]soul [my life, my very self] thirsts for You, my flesh longs and sighs for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have gazed upon You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.(A)
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
So will I bless You as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My [b]soul [my life, my very self] is satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth offers praises [to You] with joyful lips.
When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate and thoughtfully focus on You in the night watches,
For You have been my help,
And in the shadow of Your wings [where I am always protected] I sing for joy.
My [c]soul [my life, my very self] clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me.
But those who seek my life to destroy it
Will [be destroyed and] go into the depths of the earth [into the underworld].
They will be given over to the power of the sword;
They will be a prey for foxes.
But the king will rejoice in God;
Everyone who swears by Him [honoring the true God, acknowledging His authority and majesty] will glory,
For the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped.