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1Deliver me from my enemies, O my God,

protect me from those who rise up against me,

2deliver me from those who work evil,

and save me from bloodthirsty men.

3For lo, they lie in wait for my life;

fierce men band themselves against me.

For no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord,

4for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.

Rouse thyself, come to my help, and see!

5Thou, Lord God of hosts, art God of Israel.

Awake to punish all the nations;

spare none of those who treacherously plot evil.   Selah

6Each evening they come back,

howling like dogs

and prowling about the city.

7There they are, bellowing with their mouths,

and snarling with their lips—

for “Who,” they think, “will hear us?”

8But thou, O Lord, dost laugh at them;

thou dost hold all the nations in derision.

9O my Strength, I will sing praises to thee;

for thou, O God, art my fortress.

10My God in his steadfast love will meet me;

my God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.

11Slay them not, lest my people forget;

make them totter by thy power, and bring them down,

O Lord, our shield!

12For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips,

let them be trapped in their pride.

For the cursing and lies which they utter,

13consume them in wrath,

consume them till they are no more,

that men may know that God rules over Jacob

to the ends of the earth.   Selah

14Each evening they come back,

howling like dogs

and prowling about the city.

15They roam about for food,

and growl if they do not get their fill.

16But I will sing of thy might;

I will sing aloud of thy steadfast love in the morning.

For thou hast been to me a fortress

and a refuge in the day of my distress.

17O my Strength, I will sing praises to thee,

for thou, O God, art my fortress,

the God who shows me steadfast love.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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