“Princes sat and spoke against me,
but your servant meditated on your statutes.”
“The proud have had me greatly in derision,
yet have I not declined from your law.”
“The bands of the wicked have robbed me,
but I have not forgotten your law.”
Slander, ridicule, abuse. The righteous cannot stop them from happening. And to respond in kind to them is wrong.
The way to overcome evil is to continue to do good.