David prayeth against the malice of his enemies, professing his innocence. By faith he seeth his defence, and the destruction of his enemies.
0 1Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the Lord, concerning the awords of 2Cush the Benjamite.
1 1O Lord my God, 2in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:
2 Lest he 1tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is anone to deliver.
3 O Lord my God, 1if I have done this; if there be 2iniquity in my hands;
4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, 1I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)
5 Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him 1tread down my life upon the earth, and lay 2mine honour in the dust. Selah.
6 1Arise, O Lord, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and 2awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.
7 So 1shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore 2return thou on high.
8 The Lord shall judge the people: 1judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.
9 Oh 1let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but 2establish the just: 3for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.
10 aMy 1defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.
11 aGod 1judgeth the righteous, and 2God is angry with the wicked every day.
12 If 1he turn not, he will 2whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.
13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he 1ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.
14 Behold, 1he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.
15 aHe made a pit, and digged it, 1and is 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 pate.
17 1I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.