O Lord my God, to you have I come for shelter :
save me from all who pursue me, O save and deliver me,
Lest like lions they tear my throat :
lest they carry me off and none can save me.
O Lord my God, if I have done such a thing :
if there is any wickedness on my hands,
If I have repaid with evil him that was my friend :
or plundered my enemy without just cause,
Then let the enemy pursue me and overtake me :
let him trample my life to the ground,
and lay my honour in the dust.
Arise, O Lord, in your anger :
rise up in wrath against my adversaries.
Awake, my God, you that ordain justice :
and let the assembly of the peoples gather about you;
Take your seat high above them :
and sit in judgement, O Lord, over the nations.
Judge for me, O Lord, according to my righteousness :
and as my integrity requires.
Let the wickedness of the ungodly cease,
but establish the righteous :
for you try the very hearts and minds of men,
O righteous God.
God is my shield over me :
he preserves the true of heart.
God is a righteous judge :
and God condemns evil every day.
If a man does not turn, he whets his sword :
he bends his bow and makes it ready;
He prepares the instruments of death :
and makes his arrows darts of fire.
See how the ungodly conceives mischief :
how he swells with wickedness and gives birth to lies.
He digs a pit and hollows it out :
but falls himself into the trap he had made for others.
His mischief rebounds upon his own head :
and his violence comes down on his own pate.
I will thank the Lord for his justice :
I will sing praises to the Lord Most High.