I went about as though it were my friend or brother; I bowed down in mourning, like one who mourns for a mother.
But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered themselves together; The afflicted people whom I did not know gathered together against me, They slandered me without ceasing.
Like godless jesters at a feast, They gnashed at me with their teeth.
Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue my soul from their ravages, My only life
from the lions.
I will give You thanks in the great congregation; I will praise You among a mighty people.
Do not let those who are wrongfully my enemies rejoice over me; Nor let those who hate me for no reason wink maliciously.
For they do not speak peace, But they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.
They opened their mouth wide against me; They said, 'Aha, aha! Our eyes have seen it!'
You have seen it, LORD, do not keep silent; Lord, do not be far from me.
Stir Yourself, and awake to my right And to my cause, my God and my Lord.
Judge me, LORD my God, according to Your righteousness, And do not let them rejoice over me.
Do not let them say in their heart, 'Aha, our desire!' Do not let them say, 'We have swallowed him up!'
May those be ashamed and altogether humiliated who rejoice at my distress; May those who exalt themselves over me be clothed with shame and dishonor.
May those shout for joy and rejoice, who take delight in my vindication; And may they say continually, 'The LORD be exalted, Who delights in the prosperity of His servant.'
And my tongue shall proclaim Your righteousness And
Your praise all day long.