1 Have mercy on me, God, because men have harassed me. Those who oppress me have fought against me all day long. 2 Those who watch me all day have harassed me, for there are many who fight against me out of conceit.
3 On days when I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I put my trust. I will not fear what mortal man can do to me.
5 All day long people distort what I say; all their schemes against me are for evil purposes. 6 They gather together and hide in ambush. They watch my every step as they lie in wait for my life. 7 Cast them away because of their wickedness. In wrath, God, cast down these people!
8 You have kept count of my wanderings. Put my tears in your bottle have not you recorded them in your book? 9 My enemies will retreat when I call on you. This has been my experience, because God is with me.
10 In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise, 11 in God I will put my trust. I will not fear what mortal man can do to me.
12 God, I have taken vows before you; therefore I will offer thanksgiving sacrifices to you. 13 For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, so that I may walk before God in the light of the living! To the Director: A special Davidic psalm to the tune of "Do Not Destroy," when he fled from Saul into a cave.