1 Of David. When Saul sent men to watch David’s house to put him to death.
Rescue me from my enemies, O my God; Protect me from those rising up against me.
2 Rescue me from those who act wickedly, And save me from violent men.
3 Look! They wait to ambush me; Strong men attack me But not because I have revolted or sinned, O Jehovah.
4 Though I did no wrong, they run and prepare to attack. Do arise at my calling and see.
5 For you, O Jehovah God of armies, are the God of Israel. Awake to turn your attention to all the nations. Do not show mercy to any malicious traitors.
6 They return each evening; They growl like dogs and prowl around the city.
7 Look what pours forth from their mouth; Their lips are like swords, For they say: “Who is listening?”
8 But you, O Jehovah, will laugh at them; You will scoff at all the nations.
9 O my Strength, I will keep watch for you; For God is my secure refuge.
10 The God who shows loyal love to me will come to my aid; God will cause me to look in triumph on my foes.
11 Do not kill them, so that my people may not forget. By your power make them wander about; Cause their downfall, O Jehovah, our shield.
12 For the sin of their mouth, the word of their lips, May they be trapped by their pride, Because of the cursing and deception that they speak.
13 Finish them off in your wrath; Finish them off, so that they are no more; Make them know that God is ruling in Jacob and to the ends of the earth.
14 Let them return in the evening; Let them growl like dogs and prowl around the city.
15 Let them wander about for something to eat; Do not let them be satisfied or find a lodging place.
16 But as for me, I will sing about your strength; In the morning I will joyfully tell about your loyal love. For you are my secure refuge And a place for me to flee in my time of distress.
17 O my Strength, to you I will sing praises, For God is my secure refuge, the God who shows loyal love to me.