A shiggaionb c of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjamite.
1 Lord my God, I take refuged in you;
save and deliver mee from all who pursue me,f
2 or they will tear me apart like a liong
and rip me to pieces with no one to rescueh me.
3 Lord my God, if I have done this
and there is guilt on my handsi—
4 if I have repaid my ally with evil
or without causej have robbed my foe—
5 then let my enemy pursue and overtakek me;
let him trample my life to the groundl
and make me sleep in the dust.c m
6 Arise,n Lord, in your anger;
rise up against the rage of my enemies.o
Awake,p my God; decree justice.
7 Let the assembled peoples gather around you,
while you sit enthroned over them on high.q
8 Let the Lord judger the peoples.
Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness,s
according to my integrity,t O Most High.u
9 Bring to an end the violence of the wicked
and make the righteous secure—v
you, the righteous Godw
who probes minds and hearts.x
10 My shieldd y is God Most High,
who saves the upright in heart.z
11 God is a righteous judge,a
a God who displays his wrathb every day.
12 If he does not relent,c
he will bend and string his bow.e
13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;
he makes ready his flaming arrows.f
14 Whoever is pregnant with evil
conceives trouble and gives birthg to disillusionment.
15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out
falls into the pith they have made.i
16 The trouble they cause recoils on them;
their violence comes down on their own heads.
17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;j
I will sing the praisesk of the name of the Lord Most High.l
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