1 LORD, my God, I seek refuge in you. Deliver me from those who persecute me! Rescue me! 2 Otherwise, they will rip me to shreds like a lion, tearing me apart with no one to rescue me.
3 LORD, my God, if I have done this thing, if there is injustice on my hands, 4 if I have rewarded those who did me good with evil, if I have plundered my enemy without justification, 5 then, let my enemy pursue me, let him overtake me, and let him trample my life to the ground. Interlude Let him put my honor into the dust.
6 Get up, LORD, in your anger! Rise up, because of the fury of my enemies; Arouse yourself for me; you have ordained justice. 7 Let the assembly of the nations gather around you, and you will sit high above them. 8 For the LORD will judge the nations. Judge me according to my righteousness, LORD, and according to my integrity, Exalted One.
9 Let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous. For you are the righteous God who discerns the inner thoughts. 10 God is my shield, the one who delivers the upright in heart. 11 God is a righteous judge, a God who is angry with sinners every day.
12 If the ungodly one doesn't repent, God will sharpen his sword; he will string his bow and prepare it. 13 He prepares weapons of death for himself, he makes his arrows into fiery shafts.
14 But the wicked one travails with evil, he conceives malice and gives birth to lies. 15 He digs a pit, even excavates it; then he fell into the hole that he had made. 16 The trouble he planned will return on his own head, and his violence will descend on his skull.