1 O Lord my God, in thee I put my trust: save
me from all that persecute me, and deliver me,
2 Lest he devour my soul like a lion, and tear it
in pieces, while there is none to help.
3 O Lord my God, if I have done this thing, if
there be any wickedness in mine hands,
4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that had
peace with me, (yea I have delivered him that vexed
me without cause.)
5 Then let the enemies persecute my soul, and
take it: yea, let him tread my life down upon the
earth, and lay mine honor in the dust. Selah.
6 Arise, O Lord, in thy wrath, and lift up thyself
against the rage of mine enemies, and awake for me according
to the judgment that thou hast appointed.
7 So shall the congregation of the people compass
thee about: for their sakes therefore return on high.
8 The Lord shall judge the people: judge thou
me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and
according to mine innocency that is in me.
9 Oh let the malice of the wicked come to an
end: but guide thou the just: for the righteous God
trieth the hearts and reins.
10 My defense is in God, who preserveth the
upright in heart.
11 God judgeth the righteous, and him that
contemneth God, every day.
12 Except he turn, he hath whet his sword: he
hath bent his bow, and made it ready.
13 He hath also prepared him deadly weapons:
he will ordain his arrows for them that persecute me.
14 Behold, he shall travail with wickedness: for he
hath conceived mischief, but he shall bring forth a lie.
15 He hath made a pit, and dug it, and is fallen
into the pit that he made.
16 His mischief shall return upon his own head,
and his cruelty shall fall upon his own pate.
17 I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness,
and will sing praise to the Name of the
Lord most high.