1For the leader. By David, the servant of Adonai:
2Crime speaks to the wicked.
I perceive this in my heart;
before his eyes there is no fear
3For, the way he sees it,
crime makes his life easy —
that is, until his wrongs are discovered;
then, he is hated.
4His words are wrong and deceitful;
he has stopped being wise and doing good.
5He devises trouble as he lies in bed;
so set is he on his own bad way
that he doesn’t hate evil.
6Adonai, in the heavens is your grace;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
7Your righteousness is like the mountains of God,
your judgments are like the great deep.
You save man and beast, Adonai.
8How precious, God, is your grace!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings,
9they feast on the rich bounty of your house,
and you have them drink from the stream of your delights.
10For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
11Continue your grace to those who know you
and your righteousness to the upright in heart.
12Don’t let the foot of the proud tread on me
or the hands of the wicked drive me away.
13There they lie fallen, those evildoers,
flung down and unable to rise.