A Shiggayon of David, which he sang unto the Lord, concerning the affairs of Cush the Benjamite.1 2 O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust; save me from every one of my persecutors, and deliver me: 3 Lest he tear like a lion my soul, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver. 4 O Lord my God, if I have done this; if there be injustice in my hands; 5 If I have recompensed him that was at peace with me with evil; If I have taken aught from my assailants without cause: 6 May the enemy hotly pursue my soul, and overtake it; and tread down upon the earth my life, and cause my honor to be in the dust. Selah. 7 Arise, O Lord, in thy anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of my enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded. 8 So shall the congregation of nations compass thee about: and for their sakes return thou to the height. 9 The Lord will judge the people: judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to my integrity grant me recompense. 10 Oh let the evil of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just, O thou, who triest the hearts and reins, O righteous God. 11 My protection is by God, who saveth the upright in heath. 12 God is a righteous judge, and a God who is indignant with the wicked every day. 13 If he turn not, He will whet his sword, he bendeth his bow, and maketh it ready. 14 Also for him he prepareth the instruments of death; he fashioneth his arrows against the persecutors. 15 Behold, he travaileth with wrong doing; but he hath conceived mischief, and bringeth forth falsehood. 16 He hath hollowed out a pit, and dug it, and is fallen into the ditch which he hath wrought. 17 His mischief will return upon his own head, and upon his own skull will his violence come down. I will thank the Lord according to his righteousness; and I will sing praises to the name of the Lord the Most High.
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