Shiggaion of David; a song which he
made to the Lord, about the words of Cush the Benjamite.
O Lord my God, I put my faith in you; take me out of the
hands of him who is cruel to me, and make me free;
So that he may not come rushing on my soul
like a lion, wounding it, while there is no one to be my
O Lord my God, if I have done this; if my hands have done
If I have given back evil to him who did evil to me, or have
taken anything from him who was against me without cause;
Let my hater go after my soul and take it;
let my life be crushed to the earth, and my honour into the
Come up, Lord, in your wrath; be lifted up
against my haters; be awake, my God, give orders for the
The meeting of the nations will be round you; take your
seat, then, over them, on high.
The Lord will be judge of the peoples;
give a decision for me, O Lord, because of my righteousness,
and let my virtue have its reward.
O let the evil of the evil-doer come to an
end, but give strength to the upright: for men's minds and
hearts are tested by the God of righteousness.
God, who is the saviour of the upright in
heart, is my breastplate.
God is the judge of the upright, and is
angry with the evil-doers every day.
If a man is not turned from his evil, he
will make his sword sharp; his bow is bent and ready.
He has made ready for him the instruments
of death; he makes his arrows flames of fire.
That man is a worker of evil; the seed of
wrongdoing has given birth to deceit.
He has made a hole deep in the earth, and
is falling into the hole which he has made
His wrongdoing will come back to him, and
his violent behaviour will come down on his head.
I will give praise to the Lord for his
righteousness; I will make a song to the name of the Lord