The Lord Implored to Defend the Psalmist against the Wicked.
A †Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord •concerning Cush, a Benjamite.
1 O Lord my God, ain You I have taken refuge;
Save me from all those who pursue me, and bdeliver me,
2 Or he will tear 1my soul alike a lion,
2Dragging me away, while there is none to deliver.
3 O Lord my God, if I have done this,
If there is ainjustice in my hands,
4 If I have arewarded evil to 1my friend,
Or have bplundered 2him who without cause was my adversary,
5 Let the enemy pursue 1my soul and overtake 2it;
And let him trample my life down to the ground
And lay my glory in the dust.
6 aArise, O Lord, in Your anger;
bLift up Yourself against cthe rage of my adversaries,
And darouse Yourself 1for me; You have appointed judgment.
7 Let the assembly of the apeoples encompass You,
And over 1them return on high.
8 The Lord ajudges the peoples;
1bVindicate me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me.
9 O let athe evil of the wicked come to an end, but bestablish the righteous;
For the righteous God ctries the hearts and 1minds.
Who bsaves the upright in heart.
11 God is a arighteous judge,
And a God who has bindignation every day.
12 If 1a man adoes not repent, He will bsharpen His sword;
He has cbent His bow and 2made it ready.
13 He has also prepared 1for Himself deadly weapons;
He makes His aarrows fiery shafts.
14 Behold, he travails with wickedness,
And he aconceives mischief and brings forth falsehood.
15 He has dug a pit and hollowed it out,
And has afallen into the hole which he made.
16 His amischief will return upon his own head,
And his bviolence will descend upon 1his own pate.
17 I will give thanks to the Lord aaccording to His righteousness
And will bsing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.
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