Prayer For Justice

1 LORD, my God, I seek refuge in you. Deliver me from those who persecute me! Rescue me!

1 A (a)Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord (b)concerning Cush, a Benjamite.O Lord my God, (A)in You I have taken refuge;Save me from all those who pursue me, and (B)deliver me,

1 {Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.} O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:

1 A Shiggaion(a) of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush,(b) a Benjaminite.Yahweh my God, I seek refuge in You;(A)save me from all my pursuers and rescue me(B)

1 O Lord my God, in You I take refuge;Save me and rescue me from all those who pursue me,

2 Otherwise, they will rip me to shreds like a lion, tearing me apart with no one to rescue me.

2 Or he will tear (c)my soul (C)like a lion,(d)Dragging me away, while there is none to deliver.

2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

2 or they(c) will tear me like a lion,ripping me apart with no one to rescue me.(d)(C)

2 So that my enemy will not tear me like a lion,Dragging me away while there is no one to rescue [me].

3 LORD, my God, if I have done this thing, if there is injustice on my hands,

3 O Lord my God, if I have done this,If there is (D)injustice in my hands,

3 O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;

3 Yahweh my God, if I have done this,if there is injustice on my hands,(D)

3 O Lord my God, if I have done this,If there is injustice in my hands,

4 if I have rewarded those who did me good with evil, if I have plundered my enemy without justification,

4 If I have (E)rewarded evil to (e)my friend,Or have (F)plundered (f)him who without cause was my adversary,

4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)

4 if I have done harm to one at peace with me(E)or have plundered(e) my adversary without cause,(F)

4 If I have done evil to him who was at peace with me,Or without cause robbed him who was my enemy,

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.

5 Let the enemy pursue (g)my soul and overtake (h)it;And let him trample my life down to the groundAnd lay my glory in the dust. (i)Selah.

5 Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.

5 may an enemy pursue and overtake me;may he trample me to the ground(G)and leave my honor in the dust.(H)Selah

5 Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me;And let him trample my life to the groundAnd lay my honor in the dust. Selah.

6 Get up, LORD, in your anger! Rise up, because of the fury of my enemies; Arouse yourself for me; you have ordained justice.

6 (G)Arise, O Lord, in Your anger;(H)Lift up Yourself against (I)the rage of my adversaries,And (J)arouse Yourself (j)for me; You have appointed judgment.

6 Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.

6 Rise up, Lord, in Your anger;lift Yourself up against the fury of my adversaries;(I)awake for me;(f)(J)You have ordained(g) a judgment.(K)

6 Arise, O Lord, in Your anger;Lift up Yourself against the rage of my enemies;Rise up for me; You have commanded judgment and vindication.

7 Let the assembly of the nations gather around you, and you will sit high above them.

7 Let the assembly of the (K)peoples encompass You,And over (k)them return on high.

7 So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.

7 Let the assembly of peoples gather around You;(L)take Your seat(h) on high over it.(M)

7 Let the assembly of the nations be gathered around You,And return on high over them.

8 For the LORD will judge the nations. Judge me according to my righteousness, LORD, and according to my integrity, Exalted One.

8 The Lord (L)judges the peoples;(l)(M)Vindicate me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me.

8 The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.

8 The Lord judges the peoples;(N)vindicate me, Lord,according to my righteousness and my integrity.(i)(O)

8 The Lord judges the peoples;Judge me, O Lord, and grant me justice according to my righteousness and according to the integrity within me.

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.

9 O let (N)the evil of the wicked come to an end, but (O)establish the righteous;For the righteous God (P)tries the hearts and (m)minds.

9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.

9 Let the evil of the wicked come to an end,(P)but establish the righteous.(Q)The One who examines the thoughts and emotions(j)is a righteous God.(R)

9 Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous [those in right standing with You];For the righteous God tries the hearts and minds.(A)

10 God is my shield, the one who delivers the upright in heart.

10 My (Q)shield is (n)with God,Who (R)saves the upright in heart.

10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.

10 My shield is with(k) God,(S)who saves the upright in heart.(T)

10 My shield and my defense depend on God,Who saves the upright in heart.

11 God is a righteous judge, a God who is angry with sinners every day.

11 God is a (S)righteous judge,And a God who has (T)indignation every day.

11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

11 God is a righteous judgeand a God who shows His wrath every day.(U)

11 God is a righteous judge,And a God who is indignant every day.

12 If the ungodly one doesn't repent, God will sharpen his sword; he will string his bow and prepare it.

12 If (o)a man (U)does not repent, He will (V)sharpen His sword;He has (W)bent His bow and (p)made it ready.

12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.

12 If anyone does not repent,God(l) will sharpen His sword;(V)He has strung(m) His bow and made it ready.(W)

12 If a man does not repent, God will sharpen His sword;He has strung and bent His [mighty] bow and made it ready.

13 He prepares weapons of death for himself, he makes his arrows into fiery shafts.

13 He has also prepared (q)for Himself deadly weapons;He makes His (X)arrows fiery shafts.

13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.

13 He has prepared His deadly weapons;He tips His arrows with fire.(X)

13 He has also prepared [other] deadly weapons for Himself;He makes His arrows fiery shafts [aimed at the unrepentant].

14 But the wicked one travails with evil, he conceives malice and gives birth to lies.

14 Behold, he travails with wickedness,And he (Y)conceives mischief and brings forth falsehood.

14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

14 See, the wicked one is pregnant with evil,conceives trouble, and gives birth to deceit.(Y)

14 Behold, the [wicked and irreverent] man is pregnant with sin,And he conceives mischief and gives birth to lies.

15 He digs a pit, even excavates it; then he fell into the hole that he had made.

15 He has dug a pit and hollowed it out,And has (Z)fallen into the hole which he made.

15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

15 He dug a pit and hollowed it outbut fell into the hole he had made.(Z)

15 He has dug a pit and hollowed it out,And has fallen into the [very] pit which he made [as a trap].

16 The trouble he planned will return on his own head, and his violence will descend on his skull.

16 His (AA)mischief will return upon his own head,And his (AB)violence will descend upon (r)his own pate.

16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

16 His trouble comes back on his own head,and his violence falls on the top of his head.(AA)

16 His mischief will return on his own head,And his violence will come down on the top of his head [like loose dirt].

17 But as for me, I will praise the LORD for his righteousness, and I will sing to the name of the LORD Most High. To the Director: On a stringed instrument. A Davidic Psalm.

17 I will give thanks to the Lord (AC)according to His righteousnessAnd will (AD)sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.

17 I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.

17 I will thank the Lord for His righteousness;I will sing about the name of Yahweh the Most High.(AB)

17 I will give thanks to the Lord according to His righteousness and justice,And I will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.

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