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Chanting of David in his fleeing from the face of Absalom his son. Jehovah, how they pressing upon me were multiplied! many rising up against me.

For you gave approval to my right and my cause; you were seated in your high place judging in righteousness.

O enemy! desolations were wholly finished, and thou didst tear down cities; their remembrance perished with them.

And those who have knowledge of your name will put their faith in you; because you, Lord, have ever given your help to those who were waiting for you.

The nations fell into the pit they had made; their feet were caught in the net they had hidden.

The Lord revealed himself; he accomplished justice; the wicked were ensnared by their own actions. (Higgaion. Selah)

The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

All who do evil--do they not know, [they] who eat my people [as though] they were eating bread? They do not call on Yahweh.

Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

He that sitteth not by himself, but is lowly in his own eyes, and maketh much of them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth unto his neighbour, and disappointeth him not, though it were to his own hindrance.

Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

The cords of Sheol were round about me; The snares of death came upon me.

Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.

There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

The heavens were bent, so that he might come down; and it was dark under his feet.

He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

At the brightness of his presence, his clouds removed hailstones and coals of fire. {TYNDALE: Of the brightness that was before him, coals were set on fire.}

He sent out his arrows, driving them in all directions; by his flames of fire they were troubled.

Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.

They were ready for me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my staff.

For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me.

So the LORD restored me according to my righteousness, because my hands were clean in his sight.

For, as for thee, an oppressed people, thou didst save, but, looks that were lofty, layedst thou low;

I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.

I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.

They were crying out, but there was no one to come to their help: even to the Lord, but he gave them no answer.

Then they were crushed as small as dust before the wind; they were drained out like the waste of the streets.

For their thoughts were bitter against you: they had an evil design in their minds, which they were not able to put into effect.

Our fathers trusted in You; they trusted (leaned on, relied on You, and were confident) and You delivered them.

I was poured out as water, and all my bones were sundered; my heart was as wax being melted in the midst of my bowels.

See mine enemies, for they were many, and they hated me with the hatred of violence.

When evil-doers, even my haters, came on me to put an end to me, they were broken and put to shame.

Though a host of men were laid against me, yet shall not my heart be afraid; and though there rose up war against me, yet will I put my trust in him.

O Yahweh! thou hast lifted, out of hades, my soul, Thou hast brought me back to life, from among those who were going down to the pit.

False statements against me have come to my ears; fear was on every side: they were talking together against me, designing to take away my life.

When I kept silent, my bones were worn out due to my groaning all the day.

He gathereth the waters of the sea together, as it were upon a heap, and layeth up the deep, as in a treasure-house.

I {behaved} as [though he were] a friend [or] as a brother to me. As one lamenting a mother, I was bowed down [in] mourning.

And -- in my halting they have rejoiced, And have been gathered together, Gathered against me were the smiters, And I have not known, They have rent, and they have not ceased;

With the flatterers were busy mockers, who gnashed upon me with their teeth.

Their mouths were open wide against me, and they said, Aha, aha, our eyes have seen it.

There they working vanity fell: they were thrust down, and they shall not be able to rise.

Evil men will soon disappear; you will stare at the spot where they once were, but they will be gone.

As for me, I was like a deaf man and heard not; as one that were dumb, not opening his mouth.

For I said, Lest they rejoice over me! When my feet were tottering, against me, have they magnified themselves:

{To the Chanter, for praising, a Psalm of David} I said, "I will take heed to my ways, that I offend not in my tongue. I will keep my mouth as it were with a bridle, while the ungodly is in my sight."

When thou with rebukes dost chasten man for sin, thou makest his beauty to consume away, like as it were a moth fretting a garment; every man therefore is but vanity. Selah.

For evils even not being numbered encompassed about me: mine inquities overtook me, and I was not able to see; they were numerous above the hairs of my head, and my heart forsook me.

Let my soul be overflowing with grief when these things come back to my mind, how I went in company to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with the song of those who were keeping the feast.

For they got not the land [of Canaan] in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them; but Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your countenance [did it], because You were favorable toward and did delight in them.

But it is you who have been our saviour from those who were against us, and have put to shame those who had hate for us.

For, for thee we were killed all the day; we were reckoned as sheep of the slaughter.

Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.

The nobles of the peoples were gathered together, the people of the God. of Abraham: for to God the shields of the earth: he was lifted up greatly.

For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.

As sheep they were laid in hades; death shall rule over them, and the upright shall come down upon them in the morning; and their rock for falling away in hades from a dwelling to him.

When you saw a thief, then you were pleased to be with him, and you have taken part with adulterers.

They all drew back: together they were corrupt; none doing good, not even one.

There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.

Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Then I said - Oh that there were given me a pinion, like a dove, I would fly away and be at rest:

If it were mine enemy that reviled me, I could bear it: or if one that ought me evil will did threaten me, I would hide myself from him.

He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.

He hath put forth his hands against such as were at peace with him: He hath profaned his covenant.

The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

Let them melt away as water that runneth apace: When he aimeth his arrows, let them be as though they were cut off.

To the Chief Musician. On the Lily of Testimony. A secret treasure of David, to teach; when he struggled with Aram-naharaim and with Aram of Zobah, when Joab returned and struck twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt. O God, You have cast us off, You have scattered us, You were angry; take us back.

How long will you threaten a man? Will all of you attack as if he were a leaning wall or a tottering stone fence?

My soul is satisfied, even as it were with marrow and fatness, when my mouth praiseth thee with joyful lips.

But God shot an arrow at them, and they were wounded immediately.

When they were to have ruined another, their tongue smote themselves, All who observe them take flight.