O LORD my God, I take refuge1 in you; save and deliver me2 from all who pursue me,32
or they will tear me like a lion4 and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue5 me.
O LORD my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands6--
if I have done evil to him who is at peace with me or without cause7 have robbed my foe--
then let my enemy pursue and overtake8 me; let him trample my life to the ground9 and make me sleep in the dust.10 "Selah"
Arise,11 O LORD, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies.12 Awake,13 my God; decree justice.
Let the assembled peoples gather around you. Rule over them from on high;148
let the LORD judge15 the peoples. Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness,16 according to my integrity,17 O Most High.189
O righteous God,19 who searches minds and hearts,20 bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure.2110
My shielda22 is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.2311
God is a righteous judge,24 a God who expresses his wrath25 every day.
If he does not relent,26 heb will sharpen his sword;27 he will bend and string his bow.2813
He has prepared his deadly weapons; he makes ready his flaming arrows.2914
He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth30 to disillusionment.
He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit31 he has made.3216
The trouble he causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head.
I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness33 and will sing praise34 to the name of the LORD Most High.35