1Take my side, God - I'm getting kicked around, stomped on every day.2Not a day goes by but somebody beats me up; They make it their duty to beat me up.3When I get really afraid I come to you in trust.4I'm proud to praise God; fearless now, I trust in God. What can mere mortals do?5They don't let up - they smear my reputation and huddle to plot my collapse.6They gang up, sneak together through the alleys To take me by surprise, wait their chance to get me.7Pay them back in evil! Get angry, God! Down with these people!8You've kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, Each tear entered in your ledger, each ache written in your book.9If my enemies run away, turn tail when I yell at them, Then I'll know that God is on my side.10I'm proud to praise God, proud to praise God.11Fearless now, I trust in God; what can mere mortals do to me?12God, you did everything you promised, and I'm thanking you with all my heart.13You pulled me from the brink of death, my feet from the cliff-edge of doom. Now I stroll at leisure with God in the sunlit fields of life.
1I'm in trouble. I cry to God, desperate for an answer:2"Deliver me from the liars, God! They smile so sweetly but lie through their teeth."3Do you know what's next, can you see what's coming, all you barefaced liars?4Pointed arrows and burning coals will be your reward.5I'm doomed to live in Meshech, cursed with a home in Kedar,6My whole life lived camping among quarreling neighbors.7I'm all for peace, but the minute I tell them so, they go to war!
1God, get me out of here, away from this evil; protect me from these vicious people.2All they do is think up new ways to be bad; they spend their days plotting war games.3They practice the sharp rhetoric of hate and hurt, speak venomous words that maim and kill.4God, keep me out of the clutch of these wicked ones, protect me from these vicious people;5Stuffed with self-importance, they plot ways to trip me up, determined to bring me down. These crooks invent traps to catch me and do their best to incriminate me.6I prayed, "God, you're my God! Listen, God! Mercy!7God, my Lord, Strong Savior, protect me when the fighting breaks out!8Don't let the wicked have their way, God, don't give them an inch!"9These troublemakers all around me - let them drown in their own verbal poison.10Let God pile hellfire on them, let him bury them alive in crevasses!11These loudmouths - don't let them be taken seriously; These savages - let the Devil hunt them down!12I know that you, God, are on the side of victims, that you care for the rights of the poor.13And I know that the righteous personally thank you, that good people are secure in your presence.
1God, come close. Come quickly! Open your ears - it's my voice you're hearing!2Treat my prayer as sweet incense rising; my raised hands are my evening prayers.3Post a guard at my mouth, God, set a watch at the door of my lips.4Don't let me so much as dream of evil or thoughtlessly fall into bad company. And these people who only do wrong - don't let them lure me with their sweet talk!5May the Just One set me straight, may the Kind One correct me, Don't let sin anoint my head. I'm praying hard against their evil ways!6Oh, let their leaders be pushed off a high rock cliff; make them face the music.7Like a rock pulverized by a maul, let their bones be scattered at the gates of hell.8But God, dear Lord, I only have eyes for you. Since I've run for dear life to you, take good care of me.9Protect me from their evil scheming, from all their demonic subterfuge.10Let the wicked fall flat on their faces, while I walk off without a scratch. A David prayer - when he was in the cave.
1I cry out loudly to God, loudly I plead with God for mercy.2I spill out all my complaints before him, and spell out my troubles in detail:3"As I sink in despair, my spirit ebbing away, you know how I'm feeling, Know the danger I'm in, the traps hidden in my path.4Look right, look left - there's not a soul who cares what happens! I'm up against it, with no exit - bereft, left alone.5I cry out, God, call out: 'You're my last chance, my only hope for life!'6Oh listen, please listen; I've never been this low. Rescue me from those who are hunting me down; I'm no match for them.7Get me out of this dungeon so I can thank you in public. Your people will form a circle around me and you'll bring me showers of blessing!"