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

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

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  1. Psalm 35:16 Septuagint; Hebrew may mean Like an ungodly circle of mockers,

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