For the [music] director, [according to] Do Not Destroy. Of David. A miktam. When Saul dispatched [men] and they watched the house to kill him.

A Prayer for Protection

1 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God. Protect me from those who rise up against me.
2 Deliver me from workers of iniquity, and from men of bloodshed save me.
3 For look, they lie in wait for my life. The mighty attack against me, not [because of] my transgression or my sin, O Yahweh.
4 Without guilt on my part they run and ready themselves. Awake to meet me and see.
5 And you, Yahweh, God [of] hosts, [are] the God of Israel. Rouse yourself to punish all the nations. Do not be gracious to any [who] treacherously plot evil. Selah
6 They return at evening; they howl like dogs while they prowl [the] city.
7 Look, they pour out [talk] with their mouth. Swords [are] on their lips, for [they say], "Who hears?"
8 But you, O Yahweh, will laugh at them; you will mock all [the] nations.
9 O my strength, I will watch for you, because [you], O God, [are] my (high) stronghold.
10 My God of loyal love will meet me; God will cause me to look [in triumph] on my enemies.
11 Do not kill them, lest my people forget. Make them [to] wander by your power, and bring them down, O Lord, our shield.
12 [By] the sin of their mouth [and] the words of their lips, even in their pride, let them be trapped, and for [the] curses and lies they proclaim.
13 Destroy in anger; destroy so they are no more, so that they may know that God [is] ruling in Jacob to the ends of the earth. Selah
14 They return at evening; they howl like dogs while they prowl [the] city.
15 As for them, they wander for food. If they are not satisfied, then they continue all night.
16 But as for me, I will sing [of] your strength, and I will hail your loyal love in the morning, because you have been my [high] stronghold and a refuge in my {time} of trouble.
17 O my strength, to you I will give praise, because God [is] my [high] stronghold, my God of loyal love.