Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the Lord, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.
^1O Lord my God, in thee do I
my confidence repose:
Save and deliver me from all
my persecuting foes;
^2Lest that the enemy my soul
should, like a lion, tear,
In pieces rending it, while there
is no deliverer.
^3O Lord my God, if it be so
that I committed this;
If it be so that in my hands
iniquity there is:
^4If I rewarded ill to him
that was at peace with me;
(Yea, ev'n the man that without cause
my foe was I did free;)
^5Then let the foe pursue and take
my soul, and my life thrust
Down to the earth, and let him lay
mine honour in the dust.
^6Rise in thy wrath, Lord, raise thyself,
for my foes raging be;
And, to the judgment which thou hast
commanded, wake for me.
^7So shall th' assembly of thy folk
about encompass thee:
Thou, therefore, for their sakes, return
unto thy place on high.
^8The Lord he shall the people judge:
my judge, Jehovah, be,
After my righteousness, and mine
integrity in me.
^9O let the wicked's malice end;
but stablish stedfastly
The righteous: for the righteous God
the hearts and reins doth try.
^10In God, who saves th' upright in heart,
is my defence and stay.
^11God just men judgeth, God is wroth
with ill men ev'ry day.
^12If he do not return again,
then he his sword will whet;
His bow he hath already bent,
and hath it ready set:
^13He also hath for him prepar'd
the instruments of death;
Against the persecutors he
his shafts ordained hath.
^14Behold, he with iniquity
doth travail, as in birth;
A mischief he conceived hath,
and falsehood shall bring forth.
^15He made a pit and digg'd it deep,
another there to take;
But he is fall'n into the ditch
which he himself did make.
^16Upon his own head his mischief
shall be returned home;
His vi'lent dealing also down
on his own pate shall come.
^17According to his righteousness
the Lord I'll magnify;
And will sing praise unto the name
of God that is most high.