5 For the music director, to be accompanied by wind instruments; 1 a psalm of David.
Listen to what I say, 2 Lord!
Carefully consider my complaint! 3
2 Pay attention to my cry for help,
my king and my God,
for I am praying to you!
3 Lord, in the morning 4 you will hear 5 me; 6
in the morning I will present my case to you 7 and then wait expectantly for an answer. 8
4 Certainly 9 you are not a God who approves of evil; 10
evil people 11 cannot dwell with you. 12
5 Arrogant people cannot stand in your presence; 13
you hate 14 all who behave wickedly. 15
6 You destroy 16 liars; 17
the Lord despises 18 violent and deceitful people. 19
7 But as for me, 20 because of your great faithfulness I will enter your house; 21
I will bow down toward your holy temple as I worship you. 22
8 Lord, lead me in your righteousness 23
because of those who wait to ambush me, 24
remove the obstacles in the way in which you are guiding me! 25
9 For 26 they do not speak the truth; 27
their stomachs are like the place of destruction, 28
their throats like an open grave, 29
their tongues like a steep slope leading into it. 30
10 Condemn them, 31 O God!
May their own schemes be their downfall! 32
Drive them away 33 because of their many acts of insurrection, 34
for they have rebelled against you.
11 But may all who take shelter 35 in you be happy! 36
May they continually 37 shout for joy! 38
Shelter them 39 so that those who are loyal to you 40 may rejoice! 41
12 Certainly 42 you reward 43 the godly, 44 Lord.
Like a shield you protect 45 them 46 in your good favor. 47
6 For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments, according to the sheminith style; 1 a psalm of David.
Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger!
Do not discipline me in your raging fury! 2
2 Have mercy on me, 3 Lord, for I am frail!
Heal me, Lord, for my bones are shaking! 4
3 I am absolutely terrified, 5
and you, Lord – how long will this continue? 6
4 Relent, Lord, rescue me! 7
Deliver me because of your faithfulness! 8
5 For no one remembers you in the realm of death, 9
In Sheol who gives you thanks? 10
6 I am exhausted as I groan;
all night long I drench my bed in tears; 11
my tears saturate the cushion beneath me. 12
7 My eyes 13 grow dim 14 from suffering;
they grow weak 15 because of all my enemies. 16
8 Turn back from me, all you who behave wickedly, 17
for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping! 18
9 The Lord has heard my appeal for mercy;
the Lord has accepted 19 my prayer.
10 May all my enemies be humiliated 20 and absolutely terrified! 21
May they turn back and be suddenly humiliated!
7 A musical composition 1 by David, which he sang to the Lord concerning 2 a Benjaminite named Cush. 3
O Lord my God, in you I have taken shelter. 4
Deliver me from all who chase me! Rescue me!
2 Otherwise they will rip 5 me 6 to shreds like a lion;
they will tear me to bits and no one will be able to rescue me. 7
3 O Lord my God, if I have done what they say, 8
or am guilty of unjust actions, 9
4 or have wronged my ally, 10
or helped his lawless enemy, 11
5 may an enemy relentlessly chase 12 me 13 and catch me; 14
may he trample me to death 15
and leave me lying dishonored in the dust. 16 (Selah)
6 Stand up angrily, 17 Lord!
Rise up with raging fury against my enemies! 18
Wake up for my sake and execute the judgment you have decreed for them! 19
7 The countries are assembled all around you; 20
take once more your rightful place over them! 21
8 The Lord judges the nations. 22
Vindicate me, Lord, because I am innocent, 23
because I am blameless, 24 O Exalted One! 25
9 May the evil deeds of the wicked 26 come to an end! 27
But make the innocent 28 secure, 29
O righteous God,
you who examine 30 inner thoughts and motives! 31
10 The Exalted God is my shield, 32
the one who delivers the morally upright. 33
11 God is a just judge;
he is angry throughout the day. 34
12 If a person 35 does not repent, God sharpens his sword 36
and prepares to shoot his bow. 37
13 He prepares to use deadly weapons against him; 38
he gets ready to shoot flaming arrows. 39
14 See the one who is pregnant with wickedness,
who conceives destructive plans,
and gives birth to harmful lies – 40
15 he digs a pit 41
and then falls into the hole he has made. 42
16 He becomes the victim of his own destructive plans 43
and the violence he intended for others falls on his own head. 44
17 I will thank the Lord for 45 his justice;
I will sing praises to the sovereign Lord! 46