Psalm 35
Prayer for Victory
Of David.
1Oppose my opponents, Lord;
fight those who fight me.35:1 Ex 14:25; Is 49:25
2Take your shields — large and small —
and come to my aid.35:2 Ps 5:12; 91:4
3Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers,
and assure me, “I am your deliverance.”35:3 Ps 13:5; 40:17

4Let those who intend to take my life
be disgraced and humiliated;
let those who plan to harm me
be turned back and ashamed.35:4 Ps 40:14; 70:2; 129:5
5Let them be like chaff in the wind,
with the angel of the Lord driving them away.35:5 Jb 21:18; Ps 83:13; Is 29:5
6Let their way be dark and slippery,
with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.35:6 Ps 73:18; Jr 23:12
7They hid their net for me without cause;
they dug a pit for me without cause.35:7 Ps 140:5
8Let ruin come on him unexpectedly,
and let the net that he hid ensnare him;
let him fall into it — to his ruin.35:8 Jb 18:8; Ps 7:15

9Then I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will delight in his deliverance.35:9 Ps 9:14; 13:5
10All my bones will say,
Lord, who is like you,35:10 Ex 15:11; Ps 86:8; Mc 7:18
rescuing the poor from one too strong for him,
the poor or the needy from one who robs him?” 35:10 Ps 72:12; 82:4

11Malicious witnesses come forward;
they question me about things I do not know.35:11 Ps 27:12; Pr 19:5,9
12They repay me evil for good,
making me desolate.35:12 Ps 38:20; 109:5; Jr 18:20
13Yet when they were sick,
my clothing was sackcloth;
I humbled myself with fasting,
and my prayer was genuine.35:13 Lit prayer returned to my chest35:13 Ps 69:10–11
14I went about mourning as if for my friend or brother;
I was bowed down with grief,
like one mourning for a mother.35:14 Ps 38:6
15But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;
they gathered against me.
Assailants I did not know
tore at me and did not stop.35:15 Jb 30:1,8,12; Ob 12
16With godless mockery35:16 Hb obscure
they gnashed their teeth at me.35:16 Jb 16:9; Ps 37:12; Lm 2:16

17Lord, how long will you look on?35:17 Ps 13:1; Hab 1:13
Rescue me from their ravages;
rescue my precious life from the young lions.35:17 Ps 22:20–21
18I will praise you in the great assembly;
I will exalt you among many people.35:18 Ps 22:22,25; 40:9–10; Heb 2:12
19Do not let my deceitful enemies rejoice over me;
do not let those who hate me without cause35:19 Ps 38:19; Jn 15:25
wink at me maliciously.35:19 Ps 13:4; 30:1; 38:16
20For they do not speak in friendly ways,
but contrive fraudulent schemes35:20 Lit but devise fraudulent words
against those who live peacefully in the land.35:20 Ps 55:21; Jr 9:8; Mc 6:12
21They open their mouths wide against me and say,
“Aha, aha! We saw it!” 35:21 Lit Our eyes saw!35:21 Jb 16:10; Ps 22:13; 40:15; 70:3

22You saw it, Lord; do not be silent.
Lord, do not be far from me.35:22 Ps 10:1; 22:11; 28:1
23Wake up and rise to my defense,
to my cause, my God and my Lord!35:23 Ps 7:6; 44:23; 59:4
24Vindicate me, Lord my God,
in keeping with your righteousness,
and do not let them rejoice over me.35:24 Ps 26:1; 43:1
25Do not let them say in their hearts,
“Aha! Just what we wanted.”
Do not let them say,
“We have swallowed him up!” 35:25 Ps 124:3; Lm 2:16
26Let those who rejoice at my misfortune
be disgraced and humiliated;
let those who exalt themselves over me
be clothed with shame and reproach.35:26 Jb 8:22; Ps 40:14; 109:29

27Let those who want my vindication
shout for joy and be glad;
let them continually say,
“The Lord be exalted.
He takes pleasure in his servant’s well-being.”35:27 Ps 40:16; 70:4
28And my tongue will proclaim your righteousness,
your praise all day long.35:28 Ps 71:8,15,24