Psalms - Chapter 35


The King James Version Basic English Version (BBE)

1 Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.

1 <Of David.> O Lord, be on my side against those who are judging me; be at war with those who make war against me.

2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.

2 Be a breastplate to me, and give me your help.

3 Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.

3 Take up your spear and keep back my attackers; say to my soul, I am your salvation.

4 Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.

4 Let them be overcome and put to shame who make attempts to take my soul; let those who would do me damage be turned back and made foolish.

5 Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them.

5 Let them be like dust from the grain before the wind; let the angel of the Lord send them in flight.

6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.

6 Let their way be dark and full of danger; let them be troubled by the angel of the Lord.

7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.

7 For without cause they have put a net ready for me secretly, in which to take my soul.

8 Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.

8 Let destruction come on them without their knowledge; let them be taken themselves in their secret nets, falling into the same destruction.

9 And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.

9 And my soul will have joy in the Lord; it will be glad in his salvation.

10 All my 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?

10 All my bones will say, Lord, who is like you? The saviour of the poor man from the hands of the strong, of him who is poor and in need from him who takes his goods.

11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.

11 False witnesses got up: they put questions to me about crimes of which I had no knowledge.

12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.

12 They gave me back evil for good, troubling my soul.

13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.

13 But as for me, when they were ill I put on the clothing of sorrow: I went without food and was sad, and my prayer came back again to my heart.

14 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.

14 My behaviour was as if it had been my friend or my brother: I was bent low in grief like one whose mother is dead.

15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not:

15 But they took pleasure in my trouble, and came together, yes, low persons came together against me without my knowledge; they never came to an end of wounding me.

16 With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.

16 Like men of deceit they put me to shame; the voice of their wrath was loud against me.

17 Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.

17 Lord, how long will you be looking on? take my soul from their destruction, my life from the lions.

18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.

18 I will give you praise in the great meeting; I will give you honour among a strong people.

19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.

19 Do not let my haters be glad over me falsely; let not those who are against me without cause make sport of me.

20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.

20 For they do not say words of peace; in their deceit they are designing evil things against the quiet ones in the land.

21 Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.

21 Their mouths were open wide against me, and they said, Aha, aha, our eyes have seen it.

22 This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me.

22 You have seen this, O Lord; be not unmoved: O Lord, be not far from me.

23 Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.

23 Be awake, O Lord, be moved to take up my cause, my God and my Lord.

24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.

24 Be my judge, O Lord my God, in your righteousness; do not let them be glad over me.

25 Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up.

25 Let them not say in their hearts, So we will have it: let them not say, We have put an end to him.

26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.

26 Let all those who take pleasure in my troubles be shamed and come to nothing: let those who are lifted up against me be covered with shame and have no honour.

27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

27 Let those who are on my side give cries of joy; let them ever say, The Lord be praised, for he has pleasure in the peace of his servant.

28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.

28 And my tongue will be talking of your righteousness and of your praise all the day.




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