28 To you, Lord, I cry out! My Rock, do not refuse to answer me.[a] If you remain silent, I will become like those who descend into the Pit.[b] 2 Hear the sound of my supplications when I cry to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.
3 Do not drag me away with the wicked, with those who practice iniquity, who speak peace to their neighbors while harboring evil in their hearts. 4 Reward them according to their deeds; according to the evil of their actions. Reward them based on what they do;[c] give them what they deserve. 5 Because they do not understand the deeds of the Lord or the work of his hands, He will tear them down and never build them up.
6 Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the sound of my supplications. 7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I received help. My heart rejoices, and I give thanks to him with my song.
8 The Lord is the strength of his people;[d] he is a refuge of deliverance for his anointed. 9 Deliver your people and bless your inheritance! Shepherd them and lift them up forever!
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