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1Lord my God, in thee do I take refuge;

save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me,

2lest like a lion they rend me,

dragging me away, with none to rescue.

3Lord my God, if I have done this,

if there is wrong in my hands,

4if I have requited my friend with evil

or plundered my enemy without cause,

5let the enemy pursue me and overtake me,

and let him trample my life to the ground,

and lay my soul in the dust.   Selah

6Arise, O Lord, in thy anger,

lift thyself up against the fury of my enemies;

awake, O my God; thou hast appointed a judgment.

7Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about thee;

and over it take thy 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 thou the righteous,

thou who triest the minds and hearts,

thou righteous God.

10My shield is with God,

who saves the upright in heart.

11God is a righteous judge,

and a God who has indignation every day.

12If a man 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.

14Behold, the wicked man conceives evil,

and is pregnant with mischief,

and brings forth lies.

15He makes a pit, digging it out,

and falls into the hole which he has made.

16His mischief returns upon his own head,

and on his own pate his violence descends.

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

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

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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