Malicious witnesses rise up;
They ask me of things that I do not know.
They repay me evil for good,
To the sorrow of my soul.
But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth (mourning garment);
I humbled my soul with fasting,
And I prayed with my head bowed on my chest.
I behaved as if grieving for my friend or my brother;
I bowed down in mourning, as one who sorrows for his mother.
But in my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered together [against me];
The slanderers whom I did not know gathered against me;
They slandered and reviled me without ceasing.
Like godless jesters at a feast,
They gnashed at me with their teeth [in malice].
Lord, how long will You look on [without action]?
Rescue my life from their destructions,
My only life from the young lions.
I will give You thanks in the great congregation;
I will praise You among a mighty people.