Psalm 35

Words: Isaac Watts   The subtitles before each part are Watts'.


Part 1, v. 1-9.
Prayer and faith of persecuted saints.

   1  Now plead my cause, Almighty God,
         With all the sons of strife;
      And fight against the men of blood,
         Who fight against my life.

   2  Draw out thy spear and stop their way,
         Lift thine avenging rod;
      But to my soul in mercv say,
         "I am thy Savior God!"

   3  They plant their snares to catch my feet,
         And nets of mischief spread;
      Plunge the destroyers in the pit
         That their own hands have made.

   4  Let fogs and darkness hide their way,
         And slipp'ry be their ground;
      Thy wrath shall make their lives a prey,
         And all their rage confound.

   5  They fly like chaff before the wind,
         Before thine angry breath;
      The angel of the Lord behind
         Pursues them down to death.

   6  They love the road that leads to hell;
         Then let the rebels die,
      Whose malice is implacable
         Against the Lord on high.

   7  But if thou hast a chosen few
         Amongst that impious race,
      Divide them from the bloody crew,
         By thy surprising grace.

   8  Then will I raise my tuneful voice,
         To make thy wonders known;
      In their salvation I'll rejoice,
         And bless thee for my own.

Part 2, v. 12-14
Love to enemies.

   1  Behold the love, the gen'rous love,
         That holy David shows;
      Hark, how his sounding bowels move
         To his afflicted foes !

   2  When they are sick his soul complains,
         And seems to feel the smart;
      The spirit of the gospel reigns,
         And melts his pious heart.

   3  How did his flowing tears condole
         As for a brother dead !
      And fasting mortified his soul,
         While for their life he prayed.

   4  They groaned, and cursed him on their bed,
         Yet still he pleads and mourns;
      And double blessings on his head
         The righteous God returns,

   5  Glorious type of heav'nly grace !
         Thus Christ the Lord appears;
      While sinners curse, the Savior prays,
         And pities them with tears.

   6  He, the true David, Isr'el's King,
         Blessed and beloved of God,
      To save us rebels, dead in sin,
         Paid his own dearest blood.

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