| The Book of Psalms.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
|Prayer for Rescue from Enemies|
|A Psalm of David.|
| ||STRIVE thou, O Jehovah, with them that strive with me:|
Fight thou against them that fight against me.
| ||Take hold of shield and buckler,|
And stand up for my help.
| ||Draw out also the spear, and 1 stop the way against them. that pursue me:|
Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
| ||Let them be put to shame and brought to dishonor that seek after my soul:|
Let them be turned back and confounded that devise my hurt.
| ||Let them be as chaff before the wind,|
And the angel of Jehovah driving them on.
| ||Let their way be dark 2 and slippery,|
And the angel of Jehovah pursuing them.
| ||For without cause have they hid for me their 3 net in a pit;|
Without cause have they digged a pit for my soul.
| ||Let destruction come upon him unawares;|
And let his net that he hath hid catch himself:
With 4 destruction let him fall therein.
| ||And my soul shall be joyful in Jehovah:|
It shall rejoice in his salvation.
| ||All my bones shall say, Jehovah, who is like unto thee,|
Who deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him,
Yea, the poor and the needy from him that robbeth him?
| ||Unrighteous 5 witnesses rise up;|
They ask me of things that I know not.
| ||They reward me evil for good,|
To the bereaving of my soul.
| ||But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth:|
I afflicted my soul with fasting;
And my prayer returned 6 into mine own bosom.
| ||I behaved myself as though it had been my friend or my brother:|
I bowed down mourning, as one that bewaileth his mother.
| ||But in mine 7 adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together:|
The abjects 8 gathered themselves together against me, and I 9 knew it not;
They did tear me, and ceased not:
| ||Like 10 the profane mockers in feasts,|
They gnashed upon me with their teeth.
| ||Lord, how long wilt thou look on?|
Rescue my soul from their destructions,
My darling 11 from the lions.
| ||I will give thee thanks in the great assembly:|
I will praise thee among much 12 people.
| ||Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully 13 rejoice over me;|
Neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.
| ||For they speak not peace;|
But they devise deceitful words against them that are quiet in the land.
| ||Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me;|
They said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.
Thou hast seen it, O Jehovah; keep not silence:
O Lord, be not far from me.
| ||Stir up thyself, and awake to the justice due unto me,|
Even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.
| ||Judge me, O Jehovah my God, according to thy righteousness;|
And let them not rejoice over me.
| ||Let them not say in their heart, Aha, 14 so would we have it:|
Let them not say, We have swallowed him up.
| ||Let them be put to shame and confounded together that rejoice at my hurt:|
Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor that magnify themselves against me.
| ||Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favor 15 my righteous cause:|
Yea, let them say continually, Jehovah be magnified,
Who hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
| ||And my tongue shall talk of thy righteousness|
And of thy praise all the day long.
|Note 1. Or, and the battle axe against &c. [back]|
|Note 2. Heb. darkness and slippery places. [back]|
|Note 3. Or, the pit of their net. [back]|
|Note 4. Or, Into that very destruction let him fall. [back]|
|Note 5. Or, Malicious. See Ex. 23. 1. [back]|
|Note 6. Or, shall return. [back]|
|Note 7. Heb. my limping. [back]|
|Note 8. Or, smiters. [back]|
|Note 9. Or, those whom I knew not. [back]|
|Note 10. Or, Among. [back]|
|Note 11. Heb. only one.Or, dearback]|
|Note 12. Or, a mighty people. [back]|
|Note 13. Heb. falsely. [back]|
|Note 14. Heb. Aha our desire. [back]|
|Note 15. Heb. have pleasure in my righteousness. [back]|