1 Be merciful to me, my God, ¶ for my enemies are in hot pursuit; ¶ all day long they press their attack.
2 My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me.
3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
4 In God, whose word I praise — ¶ in God I trust and am not afraid. ¶ What can mere mortals do to me?
5 All day long they twist my words; ¶ all their schemes are for my ruin.
6 They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, ¶ hoping to take my life.
7 Because of their wickedness do not [^1] let them escape; in your anger, God, bring the nations down.
8 Record my misery; ¶ list my tears on your scroll [^2] — ¶ are they not in your record?
9 Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. ¶ By this I will know that God is for me.
10 In God, whose word I praise, ¶ in the LORD, whose word I praise —
11 in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?
12 I am under vows to you, my God; ¶ I will present my thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, ¶ that I may walk before God ¶ in the light of life.