New English Translation
A musical composition by David, which he sang to the LORD concerning a Benjaminite named Cush.
1 O LORD my God, in you I have taken shelter. Deliver me from all who chase me! Rescue me!
2 Otherwise they will rip me to shreds like a lion; they will tear me to bits and no one will be able to rescue me.
3 O LORD my God, if I have done what they say, or am guilty of unjust actions,
4 or have wronged my ally, or helped his lawless enemy,
5 may an enemy relentlessly chase me and catch me; may he trample me to death and leave me lying dishonored in the dust. (Selah)
6 Stand up angrily, LORD! Rise up with raging fury against my enemies! Wake up for my sake and execute the judgment you have decreed for them!
7 The countries are assembled all around you; take once more your rightful place over them!
8 The LORD judges the nations. Vindicate me, LORD, because I am innocent, because I am blameless, O Exalted One!
9 May the evil deeds of the wicked come to an end! But make the innocent secure, O righteous God, you who examine inner thoughts and motives!
10 The Exalted God is my shield, the one who delivers the morally upright.
11 God is a just judge; he is angry throughout the day.
12 If a person does not repent, God sharpens his sword and prepares to shoot his bow.
13 He prepares to use deadly weapons against him; he gets ready to shoot flaming arrows.
14 See the one who is pregnant with wickedness, who conceives destructive plans, and gives birth to harmful lies -
15 he digs a pit and then falls into the hole he has made.
16 He becomes the victim of his own destructive plans and the violence he intended for others falls on his own head.
17 I will thank the LORD for his justice; I will sing praises to the sovereign LORD!
King James Version
Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.
1 O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:
2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.
3 O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;
4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)
5 Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.
6 Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.
7 So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.
8 The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.
9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.
10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.
11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.
13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.
14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.
15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.
16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.
17 I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.