May those who are plotting to destroy me retreat in disgrace.
6 May their path be dark and slippery
As Jehovah’s angel pursues them.
8 May disaster come upon him by surprise;
May the net that he hid catch him;
May he fall into it and be destroyed.+
10 All my bones will say:
“O Jehovah, who is like you?
You rescue the helpless from those who are stronger,+
The helpless and the poor from those who rob them.”+
13 But when they were ill, I clothed myself with sackcloth;
I afflicted myself* by fasting,
And when my prayer would return unanswered,*
14 I walked about mourning as for a friend or a brother of mine;
I bowed down in sorrow, like one mourning for his mother.
15 But when I stumbled, they rejoiced and gathered together;
They gathered together to strike me down in ambush;
They tore me to pieces and did not keep silent.
I will praise you among the throngs of people.
19 Do not let those who for no reason are my enemies gloat over me;
20 For they do not speak words of peace,
But they deceptively scheme against the peaceful ones of the land.+
21 They open their mouth wide to accuse me,
Saying: “Aha! Aha! Our eyes have seen it.”
O Jehovah, do not stay far from me.+
23 Awake and rise to my defense,
My God, Jehovah, defend me in my legal case.
May they never say: “We have swallowed him up.”+
26 Let all of them be put to shame and disgraced,
Those who gloat over my calamity.
Let those who exalt themselves over me be clothed with shame and humiliation.
27 But let those who take pleasure in my righteousness shout joyfully;
May they constantly say:
“May Jehovah be magnified, who takes pleasure in the peace of his servant.”+