Adonai, I am calling to you;
my Rock, don’t be deaf to my cry.
For if you answer me with silence,
I will be like those who fall in a pit.
2Hear the sound of my prayers
when I cry to you,
when I lift my hands
toward your holy sanctuary.
3Don’t drag me off with the wicked,
with those whose deeds are evil;
they speak words of peace to their fellowmen,
but evil is in their hearts.
4Pay them back for their deeds,
as befits their evil acts;
repay them for what they have done,
give them what they deserve.
5For they don’t understand the deeds of Adonai
or what he has done.
He will break them down;
he will not build them up.
6Blessed be Adonai,
for he heard my voice as I prayed for mercy.
7Adonai is my strength and shield;
in him my heart trusted, and I have been helped.
Therefore my heart is filled with joy,
and I will sing praises to him.
8Adonai is strength for [his people],
a stronghold of salvation to his anointed.
9Save your people! Bless your heritage!
Shepherd them, and carry them forever!