To the director. “Do not bring to ruin.” Of David. Mik′tam. When Saul sent, and they kept watching the house, to put him to death.
1Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
From those rising up against me may you protect me.
2Deliver me from the practicers of what is hurtful,
And from bloodguilty men save me.
3For, look! they have lain in wait for my soul;
Strong ones make an attack upon me,
For no revolt on my part, nor any sin on my part, O Jehovah.
4Though there is no error, they run and get themselves ready.
Do rouse yourself at my calling and see.
5And you, O Jehovah God of armies, are the God of Israel.
Do wake up to turn your attention to all the nations.
Do not show favor to any hurtful traitors. Se′lah.
6They keep returning at evening time;
They keep barking like a dog and go all around the city.
7Look! They make a bubbling forth with their mouth;
Swords are on their lips,
For who is listening?
8But you yourself, O Jehovah, will laugh at them;
You will hold all the nations in derision.
9O my Strength, toward you I will keep watch;
For God is my secure height.
10The God of loving‐kindness to me will himself confront me;
God himself will cause me to look upon my foes.
11Do not kill them, that my people may not forget.
By your vital energy make them wander about,
And bring them down, O our shield Jehovah,
12[For] the sin of their mouth, the word of their lips;
And may they be caught in their pride,
Even for the cursing and the deception that they rehearse.
13Bring [them] to an end in rage;
Bring [them] to an end, that they may not be;
And may they know that God is ruling in Jacob to the ends of the earth. Se′lah.
14And let them return at evening time;
Let them bark like a dog and go all around the city.
15Let those very ones wander about for something to eat;
Let them not be satisfied or stay overnight.
16But as for me, I shall sing of your strength,
And in the morning I shall joyfully tell about your loving‐kindness.
For you have proved to be a secure height for me
And a place to which to flee in the day of my distress.
17O my Strength, to you I will make melody,
For God is my secure height, the God of loving‐kindness to me.