35 Fight my enemies, Lord! Attack my attackers! 2 Shield me and help me. 3 Aim your spear at everyone who hunts me down, but promise to save me.
4 Let all who want to kill me be disappointed and disgraced. Chase away and confuse all who plan to harm me. 5 Send your angel after them and let them be like straw in the wind. 6 Make them run in the dark on a slippery road, as your angel chases them. 7 I did them no harm, but they hid a net to trap me, and they dug a deep pit to catch and kill me. 8 Surprise them with disaster! Trap them in their own nets and let them fall and rot in the pits they have dug.
9 I will celebrate and be joyful because you, Lord, have saved me. 10 Every bone in my body will shout: “No one is like the Lord!” You protect the helpless from those in power; you save the poor and needy from those who hurt them.
11 Liars accuse me of crimes I know nothing about. 12 They repay evil for good, and I feel all alone. 13 When they were sick, I wore sackcloth[a] and went without food.[b] I truly prayed for them,[c] 14 as I would for a friend or a relative. I was in sorrow and mourned, as I would for my mother.
15 I have stumbled, and worthless liars I don’t even know surround me and sneer. 16 Worthless people make fun[d] and never stop laughing.
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