A dirge* of David that he sang to Jehovah regarding the words of Cush the Benʹja·min·ite.
7 O Jehovah my God, in you I have taken refuge.+
Save me from all those persecuting me and rescue me.+
2 Otherwise they will tear me* to pieces as a lion does,+
Carrying me off with no one to rescue me.
3 O Jehovah my God, if I am at fault in this,
If I have acted unjustly,
4 If I have wronged the one doing good to me,+
Or if I have plundered my enemy without cause,*
5 Then let an enemy pursue and overtake me;*
Let him trample my life down to the earth
And cause my glory to perish in the dust. (Selah)
6 Rise up in your anger, O Jehovah;
Stand up against the fury of my enemies;+
Awake for me, and demand that justice be done.+
7 Let the nations surround you;
And you will act against them from on high.
8 Jehovah will pass sentence on the peoples.+
Judge me, O Jehovah, according to my righteousness
And according to my integrity.+
9 Please put an end to the evil deeds of the wicked.
But establish the righteous,+
Since you are the righteous God+ who examines the hearts+ and the deepest emotions.*+
10 God is my shield,+ the Savior of those upright in heart.+
11 God is a righteous Judge,+
And God proclaims his judgments* every day.
12 If anyone will not repent,+ He sharpens his sword;+
He bends his bow and makes it ready.+
13 He prepares his deadly weapons;
He makes ready his flaming arrows.+
14 Look at the one who is pregnant with wickedness;
He conceives trouble and gives birth to lies.+
15 He excavates a pit and digs it deep,
But he falls into the very hole he made.+
16 The trouble he causes will return on his own head;+
His violence will fall on the crown of his head.
17 I will praise Jehovah for his justice;+
I will sing praises* to the name of Jehovah+ the Most High.+