Psalm 35. Judica, Domine.
From the Book of Divine Worship
- The Psalter or Psalms of David - Traditional - Seventh Day - Morning Prayer.
- PLEAD thou my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me, *
and fight thou against them that fight against me.
- Lay hand upon the shield and buckler, *
and stand up to help me.
- Bring forth the spear, and stop the way against them that pursue me: *
say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
- Let them be confounded, and put to shame, that seek after my soul; *
let them be turned back, and brought to confusion, that imagine mischief for me.
- Let them be as the dust before the wind, *
and the angel of the Lord scattering them.
- Let their way be dark and slippery, *
and let the angel of the Lord pursue them.
- For they have privily laid their net to destroy me without a cause; *
yea, even without a cause have they made a pit for my soul.
- Let a sudden destruction come upon him unawares, and his net that he hath laid privily catch himself; *
that he may fall into his own mischief.
- And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord; *
it shall rejoice in his salvation.
- All my bones shall say, Lord, who is like unto thee, who deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him; *
yea, the poor, and him that is in misery, from him that spoileth him?
- False witnesses did rise up: *
they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
- They rewarded me evil for good, *
to the great discomfort of my soul.
- Nevertheless, when they were sick, I put on sackcloth, and humbled my soul with fasting; *
and my prayer shall turn into mine own bosom.
- I behaved myself as though it had been my friend or my brother; *
I went heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.
- But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together; *
yea, the very abjects came together against me unawares, making mouths at me, and ceased not.
- With the flatterers were busy mockers, *
who gnashed upon me with their teeth.
- Lord, how long wilt thou look upon this? *
O deliver my soul from the calamities which they bring on me, and my darling from the lions.
- So will I give thee thanks in the great congregation; *
I will praise thee among much people.
- O let not them that are mine enemies triumph over me ungodly; *
neither let them wink with their eyes, that hate me without a cause.
- And why? their communing is not for peace; *
but they imagine deceitful words against them that are quiet in the land.
- They gaped upon me with their mouths, and said, *
Fie on thee! fie on thee! we saw it with our eyes.
- This thou hast seen, O Lord; *
hold not thy tongue then; go not far from me, O Lord.
- Awake, and stand up to judge my quarrel; *
avenge thou my cause, my God and my Lord.
- Judge me, O Lord my God, according to thy righteousness; *
and let them not triumph over me.
- Let them not say in their hearts, There! there! so would we have it; *
neither let them say, We have devoured him.
- Let them be put to confusion and shame together, that rejoice at my trouble; *
let them be clothed with rebuke and dishonour, that boast themselves against me.
- Let them be glad and rejoice, that favour my righteous dealing; *
yea, let them say alway, Blessed be the Lord, who hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
- And as for my tongue, it shall be talking of thy righteousness, *
and of thy praise, all the day long.
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