A Davidic psalm,[a] which he sang to the Lord, because of the words of Cush the descendant of Benjamin.
A Prayer for Vindication
7 Lord, my God, I seek refuge in you. Deliver me from those who persecute me! Rescue me! 2 Otherwise, they will rip me to shreds like a lion, tearing me[b] apart with no one to rescue me.[c]
3 Lord, my God, if I have done this thing, if there is injustice on my hands, 4 if I have rewarded those who did me good with evil, if I have plundered my enemy without justification, 5 then, let my enemy pursue me, let him overtake me, and let him trample my life to the ground. Interlude Let him put my honor into the dust.
6 Get up, Lord, in your anger! Rise up, because of the fury of my enemies; Arouse yourself for me; you have ordained justice. 7 Let the assembly of the peoples gather around you, and you will sit[d] high above them. 8 For the Lord will judge the peoples. Judge me according to my righteousness, Lord, and according to my integrity, Exalted One.
9 Let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous. For you are the righteous God who discerns the inner thoughts.[e] 10 God is my shield,[f] the one who delivers the upright in heart. 11 God is a righteous judge, a God who is angry with sinners[g] every day.
12 If the ungodly one[h] doesn’t repent, God will sharpen his sword; he will string his bow and prepare it. 13 He prepares weapons of death for himself, he makes his arrows into fiery shafts.
14 But the wicked one[i] travails with evil, he conceives malice and gives birth to lies. 15 He digs a pit, even excavates it; then he fell into the hole that he had made. 16 The trouble[j] he planned will return on his own head, and his violence will descend on his skull. 17 But as for me, I will praise the Lord for his righteousness, and I will sing to the name of the Lord Most High.
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