1 Be bmerciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up;
Fighting all day he oppresses me.
2 My enemies would chound me all day,
For there are many who fight against me, O Most High.
I will trust in You.
In God I have put my trust;
dI will not fear.
What can flesh do to me?
All their thoughts are against me for evil.
They hide, they mark my steps,
When they lie in wait for my life.
In anger cast down the peoples, O God!
Put my tears into Your bottle;
eAre they not in Your book?
Then my enemies will turn back;
This I know, because fGod is for me.
In the Lord (I will praise His word),
I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
I will render praises to You,
13 gFor You have delivered my soul from death.
Have You not kept my feet from falling,
That I may walk before God
In the hlight of the living?
A Song of Ascents.
1 In amy distress I cried to the Lord, And He heard me.
And from a deceitful tongue.
Or what shall be done to you,
You false tongue?
4 Sharp arrows of the 1warrior,
With coals of the broom tree!
5 Woe is me, that I dwell in bMeshech,
cThat I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
With one who hates peace.
But when I speak, they are for war.
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
Preserve me from violent men,
aThey continually gather together for war.
The bpoison of asps is under their lips.
4 cKeep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
Preserve me from violent men,
Who have purposed to make my steps stumble.
5 The proud have hidden a dsnare for me, and cords;
They have spread a net by the wayside;
They have set traps for me.
Hear the voice of my supplications, O Lord.
You have 1covered my head in the day of battle.
Do not further his wicked scheme,
eLest they be exalted.
Let the evil of their lips cover them;
10 fLet burning coals fall upon them;
Let them be cast into the fire,
Into deep pits, that they rise not up again.
Let evil hunt the violent man to overthrow him.”
12 I know that the Lord will gmaintain
The cause of the afflicted,
And justice for the poor.
The upright shall dwell in Your presence.
A Psalm of David.
Make haste to me!
Give ear to my voice when I cry out to You.
2 Let my prayer be set before You aas incense,
3 Set a guard, O Lord, over my dmouth;
Keep watch over the door of my lips.
To practice wicked works
With men who work iniquity;
eAnd do not let me eat of their delicacies.
5 fLet the righteous strike me;
It shall be a kindness.
And let him rebuke me;
It shall be as excellent oil;
Let my head not refuse it.
For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.
6 Their judges are overthrown by the sides of the 1cliff,
And they hear my words, for they are sweet.
As when one plows and breaks up the earth.
8 But gmy eyes are upon You, O God the Lord;
In You I take refuge;
2Do not leave my soul destitute.
9 Keep me from hthe snares they have laid for me,
And from the traps of the workers of iniquity.
10 iLet the wicked fall into their own nets,
While I escape safely.
With my voice to the Lord I make my supplication.
I declare before Him my trouble.
Then You knew my path.
In the way in which I walk
They have secretly dset a snare for me.
For there is no one who acknowledges me;
Refuge has failed me;
No one cares for my soul.
I said, “You are my refuge,
My portion in the land of the living.
6 3Attend to my cry,
For I am brought very low;
Deliver me from my persecutors,
For they are stronger than I.
That I may epraise Your name;
The righteous shall surround me,
For You shall deal bountifully with me.”
Lit. Do not make my soul bare