1 LORD my God, I take refuge in you; ¶ save and deliver me from all who pursue me,
2 or they will tear me apart like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.
3 LORD my God, if I have done this ¶ and there is guilt on my hands —
4 if I have repaid my ally with evil or without cause have robbed my foe —
5 then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground ¶ and make me sleep in the dust. [^1]
6 Arise, LORD, in your anger; ¶ rise up against the rage of my enemies. ¶ Awake, my God; decree justice.
7 Let the assembled peoples gather around you, while you sit enthroned over them on high.
8 Let the LORD judge the peoples. ¶ Vindicate me, LORD, according to my righteousness, ¶ according to my integrity, O Most High.
9 Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure — ¶ you, the righteous God ¶ who probes minds and hearts.
10 My shield [^2] is God Most High, ¶ who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day.
12 If he does not relent, he [^3] will sharpen his sword; ¶ he will bend and string his bow.
13 He has prepared his deadly weapons; he makes ready his flaming arrows.
14 Whoever is pregnant with evil ¶ conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment.
15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made.
16 The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads.
17 I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; ¶ I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.