1A passionate song of David, which he sang to Adonai concerning Cush, a Benjamite.
2Adonai my God, in You I have taken refuge. Save me from each of my persecutors, and deliver me.
3Otherwise he will rip me apart like a lion, with no one to rescue me.
4Adonai my God, if I have done this— if there is guilt on my hands,
5if I have paid back evil to anyone at peace with me, or unjustly attacked my adversary,
6then let the enemy chase me, overtake me, and trample me into the ground, leaving my honor in the dirt! Selah
7Arise, Adonai, in Your anger, arise against the fury of my enemies! Awake for me! You decreed justice.
8Let an assembly of peoples gather around You and return on high, above them.
9Adonai judges the peoples. Vindicate me, Adonai, according to my righteousness and integrity in me.
10Please, end the evil of the wicked and sustain the righteous. A just God examines hearts and minds.
11My shield is God— Savior of the upright in heart.
12God is a righteous judge, a God who is indignant every day.
13If He does not relent, He will sharpen His sword. He has bent His bow and made it ready.
14He prepares His own deadly weapons. He makes His fiery arrows.
15Look! The one pregnant with trouble conceives mischief and brings forth deceit.
16He digs a pit, scrapes it out, and then falls into the hole he has made.
17His mischief will turn on his own head. His violence will boomerang on his crown.
18I will praise Adonai for His justice. I sing praise to the Name of Adonai Elyon!