[A Prayer of David.] Hear the right, O Jehovah, attend unto my cry; Give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.
Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; Let thine eyes look upon equity.
Thou hast proved my heart; thou hast visited me in the night; Thou hast tried me, and findest nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
As for the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the ways of the violent.
My steps have held fast to thy paths, My feet have not slipped.
I have called upon thee, for thou wilt answer me, O God: Incline thine ear unto me, [and] hear my speech.
Show thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them that take refuge [in thee]From those that rise up [against them].
Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
From the wicked that oppress me, My deadly enemies, that compass me about.
They are inclosed in their own fat: With their mouth they speak proudly.
They have now compassed us in our steps; They set their eyes to cast [us] down to the earth.
He is like a lion that is greedy of his prey, And as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.
Arise, O Jehovah, Confront him, cast him down: Deliver my soul from the wicked by thy sword;
From men by thy hand, O Jehovah, From men of the world, whose portion is in [this] life, And whose belly thou fillest with thy treasure: They are satisfied with children, And leave the rest of their substance to their babes.
As for me, I shall behold thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with [beholding] thy form.
1 [To the chief Musician upon Shushaneduth, Michtam of David, to teach; when he strove with Aramnaharaim and with Aramzobah, when Joab returned, and smote of Edom in the valley of salt twelve thousand.] O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.
2 Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.
3 Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.
4 Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.
5 That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me.
6 God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;
8 Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me.
9 Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?
10 Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies?
11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.