The wicked have drawn the sword and strung the bow
to bring down the afflicted and needy
and to slaughter those whose way is upright.
My friend acts violently
against those at peace with him;
he violates his covenant.
A wicked ruler over a helpless people
is like a roaring lion or a charging bear.
May the Lord be praised,
for He has wonderfully shown His faithful love to me
in a city under siege.
Though an army deploys against me,
my heart is not afraid;
though a war breaks out against me,
still I am confident.
For I am with you, and no one will lay a hand on you to hurt you, because I have many people in this city.”