1 Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness; ♦︎
you set me at liberty when I was in trouble;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2 How long will you nobles dishonour my glory; ♦︎
how long will you love vain things and seek after falsehood?
3 But know that the Lord has shown me his marvellous kindness; ♦︎
when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.
4 Stand in awe, and sin not; ♦︎
commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.
5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness ♦︎
and put your trust in the Lord.
6 There are many that say, Who will show us any good? ♦︎
Lord, lift up the light of your countenance upon us.
7 You have put gladness in my heart, ♦︎
more than when their corn and wine and oil increase.
8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, ♦︎
for it is you Lord, only, who make me dwell in safety.
1 O Lord my God, in you I take refuge; ♦︎
save me from all who pursue me, and deliver me,
2 Lest they rend me like a lion and tear me in pieces ♦︎
while there is no one to help me.
3 O Lord my God, if I have done these things: ♦︎
if there is any wickedness in my hands,
4 If I have repaid my friend with evil, ♦︎
or plundered my enemy without a cause,
5 Then let my enemy pursue me and overtake me, ♦︎
trample my life to the ground,
and lay my honour in the dust.
6 Rise up, O Lord, in your wrath;
lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies. ♦︎
Awaken, my God, the judgement that you have commanded.
7 Let the assembly of the peoples gather round you; ♦︎
be seated high above them: O Lord, judge the nations.
8 Give judgement for me
according to my righteousness, O Lord, ♦︎
and according to the innocence that is in me.
9 Let the malice of the wicked come to an end,
but establish the righteous; ♦︎
for you test the mind and heart, O righteous God.
10 God is my shield that is over me; ♦︎
he saves the true of heart.
11 God is a righteous judge; ♦︎
he is provoked all day long.
12 If they will not repent, God will whet his sword; ♦︎
he has bent his bow and made it ready.
13 He has prepared the weapons of death; ♦︎
he makes his arrows shafts of fire.
14 Behold those who are in labour with wickedness, ♦︎
who conceive evil and give birth to lies.
15 They dig a pit and make it deep ♦︎
and fall into the hole that they have made for others.
16 Their mischief rebounds on their own head; ♦︎
their violence falls on their own scalp.
17 I will give thanks to the Lord for his righteousness, ♦︎
and I will make music to the name of the Lord Most High.