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(0) A shiggayon of David, which he sang to Adonai because of Kush the Ben-Y’mini:

(1) Adonai my God, in you I take refuge.
Save me from all my pursuers, and rescue me;
(2) otherwise, they will maul me like a lion
and tear me apart, with no rescuer present.

(3) Adonai my God, if I have caused this,
if there is guilt on my hands,
(4) if I paid back evil to him who was at peace with me,
when I even spared those who opposed me without cause;
(5) then let the enemy pursue me
until he overtakes me
and tramples my life down into the earth;
yes, let him lay my honor in the dust. (Selah)

(6) Rise up, Adonai, in your anger!
Arouse yourself against the fury of my foes.
Wake up for me; you commanded justice.
(7) May the assembly of the peoples surround you;
may you return to rule over them from on high.
(8) Adonai, who dispenses judgment to the peoples,
judge me, Adonai, according to my righteousness
and as my integrity deserves.
10 (9) Let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
and establish the righteous;
since you, righteous God,
test hearts and minds.
11 (10) My shield is God,
who saves the upright in heart.

12 (11) God is a righteous judge,
a God whose anger is present every day.
13 (12) If a person will not repent,
he sharpens his sword.
He has bent his bow, made it ready;
14 (13) he has also prepared for him
weapons of death, his arrows,
which he has made into burning shafts.

15 (14) Look how the wicked is pregnant with evil;
he conceives trouble, gives birth to lies.
16 (15) He makes a pit, digs it deep,
and falls into the hole he made.
17 (16) His mischief will return onto his own head,
his violence will recoil onto his own skull.

18 (17) I thank Adonai for his righteousness
and sing praise to the name of Adonai ‘Elyon.

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