1Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit; all day long they press their attack.2My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me.3When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.4In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?5All day long they twist my words; all their schemes are for my ruin.6They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life.7Because of their wickedness do not let them escape; in your anger, God, bring the nations down.8Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll — are they not in your record?9Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me.10In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise—11in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?12I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you.13For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
1I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me.2Save me, LORD, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.3What will he do to you, and what more besides, you deceitful tongue?4He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom bush.5Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek, that I live among the tents of Kedar!6Too long have I lived among those who hate peace.7I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.
1Rescue me, LORD, from evildoers; protect me from the violent,2who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day.3They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers is on their lips.4Keep me safe, LORD, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from the violent, who devise ways to trip my feet.5The arrogant have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path.6I say to the LORD, “You are my God.” Hear, LORD, my cry for mercy.7Sovereign LORD, my strong deliverer, you shield my head in the day of battle.8Do not grant the wicked their desires, LORD; do not let their plans succeed.9Those who surround me proudly rear their heads; may the mischief of their lips engulf them.10May burning coals fall on them; may they be thrown into the fire, into miry pits, never to rise.11May slanderers not be established in the land; may disaster hunt down the violent.12I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.13Surely the righteous will praise your name, and the upright will live in your presence.
1I call to you, LORD, come quickly to me; hear me when I call to you.2May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.3Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.4Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies.5Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.6Their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs, and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.7They will say, “As one plows and breaks up the earth, so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave.”8But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign LORD; in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death.9Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers, from the snares they have laid for me.10Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.
1I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy.2I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble.3When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me.4Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.5I cry to you, LORD; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”6Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me.7Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me.