1 Contend, O Yahweh, with my contenders; fight [those who] fight me. 2 Grasp buckler and shield and rise to my aid. 3 And draw [the] spear and javelin to meet [those who] pursue me. Say to my soul, "I [am] your salvation."
4 Let those who seek my life be shamed and humiliated. Let those who plot calamity against me be repulsed and ashamed. 5 Let them be like chaff before [the] wind, with the angel of Yahweh {driving them}. 6 Let their way be dark and slippery, with the angel of Yahweh pursuing them. 7 For without cause they secretly hide the pit with their net for me; without cause they dug [it] for my life. 8 Let {unforeseen ruin} come on him, and his net that he hid, let it catch him. Let him fall into it in ruin.
9 Then my soul will rejoice in Yahweh; it will rejoice in his salvation. 10 All of my bones shall say, "O Yahweh, who [is] like you, who delivers [the] poor from [one] stronger than he and [the] poor and needy from [the one who] robs him?"
11 Violent witnesses rise up; they ask me [concerning] what I do not know. 12 They repay me evil in place of good. [It is] bereavement to my soul. 13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing [was] sackcloth. I weakened my soul with fasting, and my prayer {returned to me unanswered}. 14 I {behaved} as [though he were] a friend [or] as a brother to me. As one lamenting a mother, I was bowed down [in] mourning. 15 But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered together; smiters whom I did not know gathered against me. They tore and did not cease. 16 Among [the] ungodly of the mockers at feasts, [they] gnashed at me with their teeth.
17 My Lord, how long will you watch? Restore my life from their ravages, my only [life] from [the] young lions. 18 I will give thanks [to] you in [the] great assembly; among [the] mighty people I will praise you. 19 Let not those who [are] wrongfully my enemies rejoice over me. [Nor let] those who hate me without cause wink [the] eye. 20 For they do not speak peace, but against [the] quiet [ones] of [the] land they plan deceitful words. 21 They also made wide their mouths against me. They said, "Aha! Aha! Our eyes have seen [it]."
22 You have seen, O Yahweh. Do not be deaf. O Lord, do not be far from me. 23 Wake up and rouse yourself for my right, for my cause, O my God and my Lord. 24 Vindicate me according to your righteousness, O Yahweh my God, and do not let them rejoice over me. 25 Do not let them say in their hearts, "Aha, our desire." Let them not say, "We have swallowed him up." 26 Let them be shamed and abashed altogether, who rejoice at my misfortune. Let them put on shame and insult, who magnify themselves against me.
27 Let them shout for joy and be glad, who delight in my vindication; and let them say continually, "Yahweh is great, who delights in the welfare of his servant." 28 Then my tongue will proclaim your righteousness, [and] your praise all day.