1Be gracious to me, God, for man tramples me; he fights and oppresses me all day long. 2My adversaries trample me all day, for many arrogantly fight against me. 3When I am afraid, I will trust in You. 4In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me? 5They twist my words all day long; all their thoughts are against me for evil. 6They stir up strife, they lurk; they watch my steps while they wait to take my life. 7Will they escape in spite of such sin? God, bring down the nations in wrath. 8You Yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your records? 9Then my enemies will retreat on the day when I call. This I know: God is for me. 10In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise, 11in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me? 12I am obligated by vows to You, God; I will make my thank offerings to You. 13For You delivered me from death, even my feet from stumbling, to walk before God in the light of life.
1In my distress I called to the Lord, and He answered me: 2"Lord, deliver me from lying lips and a deceitful tongue." 3What will He give you, and what will He do to you, you deceitful tongue? 4A warrior's sharp arrows, with burning charcoal! 5What misery that I have stayed in Meshech, that I have lived among the tents of Kedar! 6I have lived too long with those who hate peace. 7I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.
1Rescue me, Lord, from evil men. Keep me safe from violent men 2who plan evil in their hearts. They stir up wars all day long. 3They make their tongues as sharp as a snake's bite; viper's venom is under their lips. Selah 4Protect me, Lord, from the clutches of the wicked. Keep me safe from violent men who plan to make me stumble. 5The proud hide a trap with ropes for me; they spread a net along the path and set snares for me. Selah 6I say to the Lord, "You are my God." Listen, Lord, to my cry for help. 7Lord God , my strong Savior, You shield my head on the day of battle. 8Lord, do not grant the desires of the wicked; do not let them achieve their goals. [Otherwise,] they will become proud. Selah 9As for the heads of those who surround me, let the trouble their lips cause overwhelm [them]. 10Let hot coals fall on them. Let them be thrown into the fire, into the abyss, never again to rise. 11Do not let a slanderer stay in the land. Let evil relentlessly hunt down a violent man. 12I know that the Lord upholds the just cause of the poor, justice for the needy. 13Surely the righteous will praise Your name; the upright will live in Your presence.
1Lord, I call on You; hurry to [help] me. Listen to my voice when I call on You. 2May my prayer be set before You as incense, the raising of my hands as the evening offering. 3Lord, set up a guard for my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips. 4Do not let my heart turn to any evil thing or wickedly perform reckless acts with men who commit sin. Do not let me feast on their delicacies. 5Let the righteous one strike me- it is [an act of] faithful love; let him rebuke me- it is oil for my head; let me not refuse it. Even now my prayer is against the evil acts of the wicked. 6When their rulers will be thrown off the sides of a cliff, the people will listen to my words, for they are pleasing. 7As when one plows and breaks up the soil, [turning up rocks], so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of Sheol. 8But my eyes [look] to You, Lord God . I seek refuge in You; do not let me die. 9Protect me from the trap they have set for me, and from the snares of evildoers. 10Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass [safely] by.
1I cry aloud to the Lord; I plead aloud to the Lord for mercy. 2I pour out my complaint before Him; I reveal my trouble to Him. 3Although my spirit is weak within me, You know my way. Along this path I travel they have hidden a trap for me. 4Look to the right and see: no one stands up for me; there is no refuge for me; no one cares about me. 5I cry to You, Lord; I say, "You are my shelter, my portion in the land of the living." 6Listen to my cry, for I am very weak. Rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. 7Free me from prison so that I can praise Your name. The righteous will gather around me because You deal generously with me.