A Prayer for Help, and Praise for Its Answer.

1 To You, O LORD, I call; My 1rock, do not be deaf to me, For if You 2are silent to me, I will become like those who 3go down to the pit.
2 Hear the 4voice of my supplications when I cry to You for help, When I 5lift up my hands 6toward Your holy 7sanctuary.
3 8Do not drag me away with the wicked And with those who work iniquity, Who 9speak peace with their neighbors, While evil is in their hearts.
4 Requite them 10according to their work and according to the evil of their practices; Requite them according to the deeds of their hands; Repay them their recompense.
5 Because they 11do not regard the works of the LORD Nor the deeds of His hands, He will tear them down and not build them up.
6 Blessed be the LORD, Because He 12has heard the voice of my supplication.
7 The LORD is my 13strength and my 14shield; My heart 15trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore 16my heart exults, And with 17my song I shall thank Him.
8 The LORD is their 18strength, And He is a 19saving defense to His anointed.
9 20Save Your people and bless 21Your inheritance; Be their 22shepherd also, and 23carry them forever *.