1 «[A Psalm] of David.» Plead [myHe desires God to undertake his cause against them who persecute him and slander him.cause], O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.
2 Even though God can with his breath destroy all his enemies, yet the Holy Spirit attributes to him these outward weapons to assure us of his patient power.Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.
3 Draw out also the spear, and stop [the way] against them that persecute me: say unto myAssure me against these temptations, that you are the author of my salvation.soul, I [am] thy salvation.
4 Let them be confounded & put to shame, that seeke after my soule: let them be turned backe, and brought to confusion, that imagine mine hurt.
5 Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORDSmite them with the spirit of giddiness that their enterprises may be foolish, and they received just reward.chase [them].
6 Let their way be darke and slipperie: and let the Angel of the Lord persecute them.
7 ForShowing that we may not call God to be a revenger but only for his glory, and when our cause is just.without cause have they hid for me their net [in] a pit, [which] without cause they have digged for my soul.
8 Let destruction come uponWhen he promises peace to himself.him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: intoWhich he prepared against the children of God.that very destruction let him fall.
9 Then my soule shalbe ioyfull in the Lord: it shall reioyce in his saluation.
10 All myHe attributes his deliverance only to God, praising him therefore both in soul and body.bones shall say, LORD, who [is] like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?
11 That would not permit me to purge myself.False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge [things] that I knew not.
12 They rewarded me evil for good [to] theTo have taken from me all comfort and brought me into despair.spoiling of my soul.
13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing [was] sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; andI prayed for them with inward affection, as I would have done for myself: or, I declared my affection with bowing down my head.my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
14 I behaued my selfe as to my friend, or as to my brother: I humbled my selfe, mourning as one that bewaileth his mother.
15 But in mineWhen they thought me ready to slip and as one that limped for infirmity.adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: [yea], the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew [it] not; they did tearWith their railing words.[me], and ceased not:
16 With hypocritical mockers inThe word signifies cakes: meaning that the proud courtiers at their dainty feasts scoff, rail, and conspire his death.feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.
17 Lord, how long wilt thou beholde this? deliuer my soule from their tumult, euen my desolate soule from the lions.
18 So will I giue thee thankes in a great Congregation: I will praise thee among much people.
19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: [neither] let themIn token of contempt and mocking.wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.
20 For they speake not as friendes: but they imagine deceitfull woordes against the quiet of the lande.
21 Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, [and] said, Aha, aha,They rejoiced as though they had now seen David overthrown.our eye hath seen [it].
22 Thou hast seene it, O Lorde: keepe not silence: be not farre from me, O Lord.
23 Arise and wake to my iudgement, euen to my cause, my God, and my Lord.
24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thyIt is the justice of God to give to the oppressors affliction and torment, and to the oppressed aid and relief, (2Th_1:6).righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.
25 Let them not say in their hearts,Because we have that which we sought for, seeing he is destroyed.Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up.
26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusionThat is, at once, were they never so many or mighty.together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothedThis prayer will always be verified against them who persecute the faithful.with shame and dishonour that magnify [themselves] against me.
27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad,That at least favour my right, though they are not able to help me.that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in theHe exhorts the Church to praise God for the deliverance of his servants, and for the destruction of his adversaries.prosperity of his servant.
28 And my tongue shall vtter thy righteousnesse, and thy praise euery day.