Updated: Nov 1
(A Psalm of King David)
Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me (the Nation of Israel); fight against those who fight against me! Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help! Draw out also the spear and javelin and close up the way of those who pursue and persecute me. Say to me, I am your deliverance! Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek and require my (Israel's) life; let them be turned back and confounded who plan my (Israel's) hurt! Let them be a chaff before the wind, with the Angel of the Lord driving them on!
Let their way be through dark and slippery places, with the Angel of the Lord pursuing and afflicting them.
For without cause they hid for me (Israel) their net; a pit of destruction without cause they dug for my (Israel's) life. Let destruction befall my (the Nation of Israel's) foe unawares; let the net he (the enemy) hid for me catch him; let him (the enemy) fall into that very destruction. Then I (Israel) shall be joyful in the Lord; I shall rejoice in His deliverance. All my bones shall say, Lord, who is like You. You Who deliver the poor and the afflicted (hostages) from him who is too strong for him, yes, the poor and the needy from him who snatches away his goods?
Lord, how long with You look on? Rescue my (Israel's) life from their destructions, my dear and only life from the lions! I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among a mighty throng. Let NOT those who are wrongfully my foes rejoice over me; neither let them wink with the eye who hate me without cause. For they do not speak peace, but they devise deceitful matters against those who are quiet in the land.
Let them (the enemy) not say in their hearts, Aha, that is what we wanted! Let them not say, We have swallowed him (Israel) up and utterly destroyed him. Let them be put to shame and confusion together who (the enemy and protesters against Israel) rejoice at my calamity! Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify and exalt themselves over me! Let those who favor my righteous cause and have pleasure in my uprightness shout for joy and be glad and say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, Who takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant (the Nation of Israel)! And my tongue shall talk of Your righteousness, rightness, and justice, and of my reasons for Your praise all the day long!
In Jesus name, Amen