1A shiggayon of David, which he sang to Adonai because of Kush the Ben-Y’mini:
2Adonai my God, in you I take refuge.
Save me from all my pursuers, and rescue me;
3otherwise, they will maul me like a lion
and tear me apart, with no rescuer present.
4Adonai my God, if I have caused this,
if there is guilt on my hands,
5if I paid back evil to him who was at peace with me,
when I even spared those who opposed me without cause;
6then let the enemy pursue me
until he overtakes me
and tramples my life down into the earth;
yes, let him lay my honor in the dust. (Selah)
7Rise up, Adonai, in your anger!
Arouse yourself against the fury of my foes.
Wake up for me; you commanded justice.
8May the assembly of the peoples surround you;
may you return to rule over them from on high.
9Adonai, who dispenses judgment to the peoples,
judge me, Adonai, according to my righteousness
and as my integrity deserves.
10Let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
and establish the righteous;
since you, righteous God,
test hearts and minds.
11My shield is God,
who saves the upright in heart.
12God is a righteous judge,
a God whose anger is present every day.
13If a person will not repent,
he sharpens his sword.
He has bent his bow, made it ready;
14he has also prepared for him
weapons of death, his arrows,
which he has made into burning shafts.
15Look how the wicked is pregnant with evil;
he conceives trouble, gives birth to lies.
16He makes a pit, digs it deep,
and falls into the hole he made.
17His mischief will return onto his own head,
his violence will recoil onto his own skull.
18I thank Adonai for his righteousness
and sing praise to the name of Adonai ‘Elyon.