For the director of music. To the tune of “A Dove on Distant Oaks.” Of David. A miktam.b When the Philistines had seized him in Gath.
1 Be merciful to me,k my God,
for my enemies are in hot pursuit;l
all day long they press their attack.m
2 My adversaries pursue me all day long;n
in their pride many are attacking me.o
4 In God, whose word I praise—r
in God I trust and am not afraid.s
What can mere mortals do to me?t
5 All day long they twist my words;u
all their schemes are for my ruin.
6 They conspire,v they lurk,
they watch my steps,w
hoping to take my life.x
in your anger, God, bring the nations down.z
are they not in your record?b
9 Then my enemies will turn backc
when I call for help.d
By this I will know that God is for me.e
in the Lord, whose word I praise—
What can man do to me?
12 I am under vowsf to you, my God;
I will present my thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered me from deathg
and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
in the light of life.h
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