Psalm 35

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    Plead, Lord, with those that plead; and fight
       with those that fight with me.
2    Of shield and buckler take thou hold,
       stand up mine help to be.
3    Draw also out the spear, and do
       against them stop the way
     That me pursue: unto my soul,
       I'm thy salvation, say.

4    Let them confounded be and sham'd
       that for my soul have sought:
     Who plot my hurt turn'd back be they,
       and to confusion brought.
5    Let them be like unto the chaff
       that flies before the wind;
     And let the angel of the Lord
       pursue them hard behind.

6    With darkness cover thou their way,
       and let it slipp'ry prove;
     And let the angel of the Lord
       pursue them from above.
7    For without cause have they for me
       their net hid in a pit,
     They also have without a cause
       for my soul digged it.

8    Let ruin seize him unawares;
       his net he hid withal
     Himself let catch; and in the same
       destruction let him fall.
9    My soul in God shall joy; and glad
       in his salvation be:
10   And all my bones shall say, O Lord,
       who is like unto thee,

     Which dost the poor set free from him
       that is for him too strong;
     The poor and needy from the man
       that spoils and does him wrong?
11   False witnesses rose; to my charge
       things I not knew they laid.
12   They, to the spoiling of my soul,
       me ill for good repaid.

13   But as for me, when they were sick,
       in sackcloth sad I mourn'd:
     My humbled soul did fast, my pray'r
       into my bosom turn'd.
14   Myself I did behave as he
       had been my friend or brother;
     I heavily bow'd down, as one
       that mourneth for his mother.

15   But in my trouble they rejoic'd,
       gath'ring themselves together;
     Yea, abjects vile together did
       themselves against me gather:
     I knew it not; they did me tear,
       and quiet would not be.
16   With mocking hypocrites, at feasts
       they gnash'd their teeth at me.

17   How long, Lord, look'st thou on? from those
       destructions they intend
     Rescue my soul, from lions young
       my darling do defend.
18   I will give thanks to thee, O Lord,
       within th' assembly great;
     And where much people gather'd are
       thy praises forth will set.

19   Let not my wrongful enemies
       proudly rejoice o'er me;
     Nor who me hate without a cause,
       let them wink with the eye.
20   For peace they do not speak at all;
       but crafty plots prepare
     Against all those within the land
       that meek and quiet are.

21   With mouths set wide, they `gainst me said,
       Ha, ha! our eye doth see.
22   Lord, thou hast seen, hold not thy peace;
       Lord, be not far from me.
23   Stir up thyself; wake, that thou may'st
       judgment to me afford,
     Ev'n to my cause, O thou that art
       my only God and Lord.

24   O Lord my God, do thou me judge
       after thy righteousness;
     And let them not their joy `gainst me
       triumphantly express:
25   Nor let them say within their hearts,
       Ah, we would have it thus;
     Nor suffer them to say, that he
       is swallow'd up by us.

26   Sham'd and confounded be they all
       that at my hurt are glad;
     Let those against me that do boast
       with shame and scorn be clad.
27   Let them that love my righteous cause
       be glad, shout, and not cease
     To say, The Lord be magnify'd,
       who loves his servant's peace.

28   Thy righteousness shall also be
       declared by my tongue;
     The praises that belong to thee
       speak shall it all day long.

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