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Psalm 34

Of David.

Judge Thou, O Lord, them that do me injustice; fight against them that fight against me.
Take hold of weapon and buckler, and rise up for mine help.
Draw out the sword, and stop the way against them that persecute me; say unto my soul, I am Thy salvation.
Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul; let them be turned back and put to shame that devise evil against me.
Let them become as chaff before the face of the wind, and let the angel of the Lord afflict them.
Let their way be dark and slippery, and let the angel of the Lord pursue them.
For without cause have they hid for me destruction in their snare; without cause have they reproached my soul.
Let a snare come upon him unawares, and let the snare that he hath hid catch himself; and into that very snare let him fall.
But my soul shall exult in the Lord; it shall delight in His salvation.
All my bones shall say, Lord, O Lord, who is like unto Thee, Which deliverest the poor from the hand of them that are too strong for him, yea, the poor and needy from them that spoil him?
Unjust witnesses did rise up; they charged me with things that I knew not.
They rewarded me evil for good, and barrenness to my soul.
But as for me, when they troubled me, I put on sackcloth, and humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer shall return into mine own bosom.
I sought to please, as though it had been my neighbour or brother; I humbled myself, as one that is mourning and sad of countenance.
But they rejoiced against me, and gathered themselves together; plagues were gathered together upon me, and I knew it not. They were scattered, yet they were not pricked at the heart.
They tempted me, they scoffed at me with scorn, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.

Lord, when wilt Thou look upon me? Rescue my soul from their mischief, mine only-begotten one from the lions.
I will give Thee thanks in the great congregation; I will praise Thee among a mighty people.
Let not them that are my enemies wrongfully rejoice over me, they that hate me without a cause, and wink with the eyes.
For they spake unto me peaceably indeed, but in their anger they devised deceits.
Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me; they said, Aha, aha, our eyes have seen it.
This Thou hast seen, O Lord, keep not silence; O Lord, be not far from me.
Arise, O Lord, and attend to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.
Judge me, O Lord, according to Thy righteousness; let them not rejoice over me, O Lord my God.
Let them not say in their hearts, Aha, aha, it is well to our soul; neither let them say, We have swallowed him up.
Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at my woes. Let them be clothed with shame and confusion that speak great words against me.
Let them exult and be glad, that favour my righteous cause; yea, let them that desire the peace of Thy servant say continually, Let the Lord be magnified.
And my tongue shall speak of Thy righteousness, and of Thy praise all the day long.