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Plea for Help against Persecutors

A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjaminite.

1Lord my God, in you I take refuge;

save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me,

2or like a lion they will tear me apart;

they will drag me away, with no one to rescue.

3Lord my God, if I have done this,

if there is wrong in my hands,

4if I have repaid my ally with harm

or plundered my foe without cause,

5then let the enemy pursue and overtake me,

trample my life to the ground,

and lay my soul in the dust.   Selah

6Rise up, O Lord, in your anger;

lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;

awake, O my God; you have appointed a judgment.

7Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you,

and over it take your seat on high.

8The Lord judges the peoples;

judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness

and according to the integrity that is in me.

9O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,

but establish the righteous,

you who test the minds and hearts,

O righteous God.

10God is my shield,

who saves the upright in heart.

11God is a righteous judge,

and a God who has indignation every day.

12If one does not repent, God will whet his sword;

he has bent and strung his bow;

13he has prepared his deadly weapons,

making his arrows fiery shafts.

14See how they conceive evil,

and are pregnant with mischief,

and bring forth lies.

15They make a pit, digging it out,

and fall into the hole that they have made.

16Their mischief returns upon their own heads,

and on their own heads their violence descends.

17I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,

and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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