The Lord Implored to Defend the Psalmist against the Wicked.
I.e. Dithyrambic rhythm; or wild passionate songShiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord
Or concerning the words ofconcerning Cush, a Benjamite.1 O Lord my God, c in You I have taken refuge;
Save me from all those who pursue me, and d deliver me,
2 Or he will tear ▼ my soul f like a lion,
▼ Or Rending it in pieces, whileDragging me away, while there is none to deliver.
3 O Lord my God, if I have done this,
If there is h injustice in my hands,
4 If I have i rewarded evil to ▼
▼ Lit him who was at peace with memy friend,
Or have k plundered ▼
▼ Or my adversary without causehim who without cause was my adversary,
5 Let the enemy pursue ▼ my soul and overtake ▼ it;
And let him trample my life down to the ground
And lay my glory in the dust. ▼
▼ Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interludeSelah.
6 p Arise, O Lord, in Your anger;
q Lift up Yourself against r the rage of my adversaries,
And s arouse Yourself ▼
▼ One ancient version reads O my Godfor me; You have appointed judgment.
7 Let the assembly of the u peoples encompass You,
And over ▼
▼ Lit itthem return on high.
8 The Lord w judges the peoples;
▼ Lit Judge, y Vindicate me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me.
9 O let z the evil of the wicked come to an end, but aa establish the righteous;
For the righteous God ab tries the hearts and ▼
▼ Lit kidneys, figurative for inner manminds.
10 My ad shield is ▼
▼ Lit uponwith God,
Who af saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a ag righteous judge,
And a God who has ah indignation every day.
12 If ▼
▼ Lit hea man aj does not repent, He will ak sharpen His sword;
He has al bent His bow and ▼
▼ Lit fixed itmade it ready.
13 He has also prepared ▼
▼ Or His deadly weaponsfor Himself deadly weapons;
He makes His ao arrows fiery shafts.
14 Behold, he travails with wickedness,
And he ap conceives mischief and brings forth falsehood.
15 He has dug a pit and hollowed it out,
And has aq fallen into the hole which he made.
16 His ar mischief will return upon his own head,
And his as violence will descend upon ▼
▼ I.e. the crown of his own headhis own pate.
17 I will give thanks to the Lord au according to His righteousness
And will av sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.
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