1 Deliver me from my enemies, O God; ¶ be my fortress against those who are attacking me.
2 Deliver me from evildoers and save me from those who are after my blood.
3 See how they lie in wait for me! ¶ Fierce men conspire against me ¶ for no offense or sin of mine, LORD.
4 I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me. Arise to help me; look on my plight!
5 You, LORD God Almighty, you who are the God of Israel, ¶ rouse yourself to punish all the nations; ¶ show no mercy to wicked traitors. [^1]
6 They return at evening, ¶ snarling like dogs, ¶ and prowl about the city.
7 See what they spew from their mouths — the words from their lips are sharp as swords, ¶ and they think, "Who can hear us?"
8 But you laugh at them, LORD; you scoff at all those nations.
9 You are my strength, I watch for you; ¶ you, God, are my fortress,
10 my God on whom I can rely. ¶ God will go before me ¶ and will let me gloat over those who slander me.
11 But do not kill them, Lord our shield, [^2] or my people will forget. In your might uproot them ¶ and bring them down.
12 For the sins of their mouths, for the words of their lips, ¶ let them be caught in their pride. ¶ For the curses and lies they utter,
13 consume them in your wrath, ¶ consume them till they are no more. ¶ Then it will be known to the ends of the earth ¶ that God rules over Jacob.
14 They return at evening, ¶ snarling like dogs, ¶ and prowl about the city.
15 They wander about for food and howl if not satisfied.
16 But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; ¶ for you are my fortress, ¶ my refuge in times of trouble.
17 You are my strength, I sing praise to you; ¶ you, God, are my fortress, ¶ my God on whom I can rely.