1 For the music director; according to the yonath-elem-rechovim style; a prayer of David, written when the Philistines captured him in Gath. Have mercy on me, O God, for men are attacking me! All day long hostile enemies are tormenting me. 2 Those who anticipate my defeat attack me all day long. Indeed, many are fighting against me, O Exalted One.
3 When I am afraid, I trust in you. 4 In God -- I boast in his promise -- in God I trust, I am not afraid. What can mere men do to me?
5 All day long they cause me trouble; they make a habit of plotting my demise. 6 They stalk and lurk; they watch my every step, as they prepare to take my life. 7 Because they are bent on violence, do not let them escape! In your anger bring down the nations, O God!
8 You keep track of my misery. Put my tears in your leather container! Are they not recorded in your scroll? 9 My enemies will turn back when I cry out to you for help; I know that God is on my side.
10 In God -- I boast in his promise -- in the Lord -- I boast in his promise -- 11 in God I trust, I am not afraid. What can mere men do to me?