The Baha'i Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience


Psalm 35

[1] Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against
them that fight against me.
[2] Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.
[3] Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute
me: say unto my soul, I am thy 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.
[5] Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD
chase them.
[6] Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD
persecute them.
[7] For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without
cause they have digged for 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.
[9] And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his
[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?
[11] False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew
[12] They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of 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.
[14] I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed
down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.
[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:
[16] With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their
[17] Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their
destructions, my darling from the lions.
[18] I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee
among much 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.
[20] For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against
them that are quiet in the land.
[21] Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our
eye hath seen it.
[22] This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from
[23] Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto 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.
[25] Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not
say, We have swallowed him up.
[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.
[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.
[28] And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all
the day long.