1 [A shaggaion of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning Cush, a Benjamite.] O LORD my God, in you do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me: 2 Lest they tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.
3 O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands; 4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is my enemy:) 5 Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay my honor in the dust. Selah.
6 Arise, O LORD, in your anger, lift up yourself because of the rage of my enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that you have commanded. 7 So shall the congregation of the people surround you: for their sakes therefore return you on high. 8 The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to my integrity that is in me.
9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God tests the minds and hearts. 10 My defense is with God, who saves the upright in heart. 11 God judges the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
12 If he turns not, he will whet his sword; he has bent his bow, and made it ready. 13 He has also prepared for himself the instruments of death; he makes ready his arrows against the persecutors.
14 Behold, he brought forth iniquity, and has conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. 15 He made a pit, and dug it, and has fallen into the ditch which he made. 16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own crown.