Psa. 7:1 ¶ O Lord my God, in you do I take refuge;
save me from all my pursuers and deliver me,
Psa. 7:2 lest like a lion they tear my soul apart,
rending it in pieces, with none to deliver.
Psa. 7:3 ¶ O Lord my God, if I have done this,
if there is wrong in my hands,
Psa. 7:4 if I have repaid my friend with evil
or plundered my enemy without cause,
Psa. 7:5 let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it,
and let him trample my life to the ground
and lay my glory in the dust. Selah
Psa. 7:6 ¶ Arise, O Lord, in your anger;
lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
awake for me; you have appointed a judgment.
Psa. 7:7 Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you;
over it return on high.
Psa. 7:8 ¶ The Lord judges the peoples;
judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
and according to the integrity that is in me.
Psa. 7:9 Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
and may you establish the righteous—
you who test the minds and hearts,
O righteous God!
Psa. 7:10 My shield is with God,
who saves the upright in heart.
Psa. 7:11 God is a righteous judge,
and a God who feels indignation every day.
Psa. 7:12 ¶ If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword;
he has bent and readied his bow;
Psa. 7:13 he has prepared for him his deadly weapons,
making his arrows fiery shafts.
Psa. 7:14 Behold, the wicked man conceives evil
and is pregnant with mischief
and gives birth to lies.
Psa. 7:15 He makes a pit, digging it out,
and falls into the hole that he has made.
Psa. 7:16 His mischief returns upon his own head,
and on his own skull his violence descends.
Psa. 7:17 ¶ I 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.
Psa. 35:1 ¶ Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me;
fight against those who fight against me!
Psa. 35:2 Take hold of shield and buckler
and rise for my help!
Psa. 35:3 Draw the spear and javelin
against my pursuers!
Say to my soul,
“I am your salvation!”
Psa. 35:4 ¶ Let them be put to shame and dishonor
who seek after my life!
Let them be turned back and disappointed
who devise evil against me!
Psa. 35:5 Let them be like chaff before the wind,
with the angel of the Lord driving them away!
Psa. 35:6 Let their way be dark and slippery,
with the angel of the Lord pursuing them!
Psa. 35:7 ¶ For without cause they hid their net for me;
without cause they dug a pit for my life.
Psa. 35:8 Let destruction come upon him when he does not know it!
And let the net that he hid ensnare him;
let him fall into it—to his destruction!
Psa. 35:9 ¶ Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord,
exulting in his salvation.
Psa. 35:10 All my bones shall say,
“O Lord, who is like you,
delivering the poor
from him who is too strong for him,
the poor and needy from him who robs him?”
Psa. 35:11 ¶ Malicious witnesses rise up;
they ask me of things that I do not know.
Psa. 35:12 They repay me evil for good;
my soul is bereft.
Psa. 35:13 But I, when they were sick—
I wore sackcloth;
I afflicted myself with fasting;
I prayed with head bowed on my chest.
Psa. 35:14 I went about as though I grieved for my friend or my brother;
as one who laments his mother,
I bowed down in mourning.
Psa. 35:15 ¶ But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered;
they gathered together against me;
wretches whom I did not know
tore at me without ceasing;
Psa. 35:16 like profane mockers at a feast,
they gnash at me with their teeth.
Psa. 35:17 ¶ How long, O Lord, will you look on?
Rescue me from their destruction,
my precious life from the lions!
Psa. 35:18 I will thank you in the great congregation;
in the mighty throng I will praise you.
Psa. 35:19 ¶ Let not those rejoice over me
who are wrongfully my foes,
and let not those wink the eye
who hate me without cause.
Psa. 35:20 For they do not speak peace,
but against those who are quiet in the land
they devise words of deceit.
Psa. 35:21 They open wide their mouths against me;
they say, “Aha, Aha!
Our eyes have seen it!”
Psa. 35:22 ¶ You have seen, O Lord; be not silent!
O Lord, be not far from me!
Psa. 35:23 Awake and rouse yourself for my vindication,
for my cause, my God and my Lord!
Psa. 35:24 Vindicate me, O Lord, my God,
according to your righteousness,
and let them not rejoice over me!
Psa. 35:25 Let them not say in their hearts,
“Aha, our heart’s desire!”
Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”
Psa. 35:26 ¶ Let them be put to shame and disappointed altogether
who rejoice at my calamity!
Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor
who magnify themselves against me!
Psa. 35:27 ¶ Let those who delight in my righteousness
shout for joy and be glad
and say evermore,
“Great is the Lord,
who delights in the welfare of his servant!”
Psa. 35:28 Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness
and of your praise all the day long.
Psa. 57:1 ¶ Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
till the storms of destruction pass by.
Psa. 57:2 I cry out to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
Psa. 57:3 He will send from heaven and save me;
he will put to shame him who tramples on me. Selah
God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!
Psa. 57:4 ¶ My soul is in the midst of lions;
I lie down amid fiery beasts—
the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows,
whose tongues are sharp swords.
Psa. 57:5 ¶ Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!
Psa. 57:6 ¶ They set a net for my steps;
my soul was bowed down.
They dug a pit in my way,
but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah
Psa. 57:7 My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast!
I will sing and make melody!
Psa. 57:8 Awake, my glory!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn!
Psa. 57:9 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
Psa. 57:10 For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
Psa. 57:11 ¶ Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!
Psa. 142:1 ¶ With my voice I cry out to the Lord;
with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.
Psa. 142:2 I pour out my complaint before him;
I tell my trouble before him.
Psa. 142:3 ¶ When my spirit faints within me,
you know my way!
In the path where I walk
they have hidden a trap for me.
Psa. 142:4 Look to the right and see:
there is none who takes notice of me;
no refuge remains to me;
no one cares for my soul.
Psa. 142:5 ¶ I cry to you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.”
Psa. 142:6 Attend to my cry,
for I am brought very low!
Deliver me from my persecutors,
for they are too strong for me!
Psa. 142:7 Bring me out of prison,
that I may give thanks to your name!
The righteous will surround me,
for you will deal bountifully with me.