1In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain.2For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.3When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”4The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them.5The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion.6On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot.7For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.
1Hear me, LORD, my plea is just; listen to my cry. Hear my prayer— it does not rise from deceitful lips.2Let my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right.3Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed.4Though people tried to bribe me, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent through what your lips have commanded.5My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not stumbled.6I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.7Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.8Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings9from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.10They close up their callous hearts, and their mouths speak with arrogance.11They have tracked me down, they now surround me, with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.12They are like a lion hungry for prey, like a fierce lion crouching in cover.13Rise up, LORD, confront them, bring them down; with your sword rescue me from the wicked.14By your hand save me from such people, LORD, from those of this world whose reward is in this life. May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies; may their children gorge themselves on it, and may there be leftovers for their little ones.15As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.
1Vindicate me, LORD, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the LORDand have not faltered.2Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;3for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.4I do not sit with the deceitful, nor do I associate with hypocrites.5I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked.6I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, LORD,7proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds.8LORD, I love the house where you live, the place where your glory dwells.9Do not take away my soul along with sinners, my life with those who are bloodthirsty,10in whose hands are wicked schemes, whose right hands are full of bribes.11I lead a blameless life; deliver me and be merciful to me.12My feet stand on level ground; in the great congregation I will praise the LORD.