Strive, Jehovah, with my strivers, fight with my fighters,
Take hold of shield and buckler, and rise for my help,
And draw out spear and lance, To meet my pursuers. Say to my
soul, 'Thy salvation I am.'
They are ashamed and blush, those seeking my soul, Turned
backward and confounded, Those devising my evil.
They are as chaff before wind, And a messenger of Jehovah
Their way is darkness and slipperiness, And a messenger of
Jehovah their pursuer.
For without cause they hid for me their netpit, Without
cause they digged for my soul.
Meet him doth desolation -- he knoweth not, And his net that
he hid catcheth him, For desolation he falleth into it.
And my soul is joyful in Jehovah, It rejoiceth in His
All my bones say, 'Jehovah, who is like Thee, Delivering the
poor from the stronger than he, And the poor and needy from his plunderer.'
Violent witnesses rise up, That which I have not known they
They pay me evil for good, bereaving my soul,
And I -- in their sickness my clothing is sackcloth,
I have humbled with fastings my soul, And my prayer unto my bosom returneth.
As if a friend, as if my brother, I walked
habitually, As a mourner for a mother, Mourning I have bowed down.
And -- in my halting they have rejoiced, And have been
gathered together, Gathered against me were the smiters, And I have not known,
They have rent, and they have not ceased;
With profane ones, mockers in feasts, Gnashing against me
Lord, how long dost thou behold? Keep back my soul from
their desolations, From young lions my only one.
I thank Thee in a great assembly, Among a mighty people I
Mine enemies rejoice not over me with falsehood,
Those hating me without cause wink the eye.
For they speak not peace, And against the quiet of the land,
Deceitful words they devise,
And they enlarge against me their mouth, They said, 'Aha,
aha, our eye hath seen.'
Thou hast seen, O Jehovah, Be not silent, O Lord -- be not
far from me,
Stir up, and wake to my judgment, My God, and my Lord, to my
Judge me according to Thy righteousness, O Jehovah my God,
And they do not rejoice over me.
They do not say in their heart, 'Aha, our desire.' They do
not say, 'We swallowed him up.'
They are ashamed and confounded together, Who are rejoicing
at my evil. They put on shame and confusion, Who are magnifying themselves
They sing and rejoice, who are desiring my righteousness,
And they say continually, 'Jehovah is magnified, Who is desiring the peace of
And my tongue uttereth Thy righteousness, All the day Thy