1: (A meditation by David, which he sang to Yahweh, concerning the words of Cush, the Benjamite.) Yahweh, my God, I take refuge in you. Save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me, 2: Lest they tear apart my soul like a lion, Ripping it in pieces, while there is none to deliver. 3: Yahweh, my God, if I have done this, If there is iniquity in my hands, 4: If I have rewarded evil to him who was at peace with me (Yes, I have delivered him who without cause was my adversary), 5: Let the enemy pursue my soul, and overtake it; Yes, let him tread my life down to the earth, And lay my glory in the dust. Selah. 6: Arise, Yahweh, in your anger. Lift up yourself against the rage of my adversaries. Awake for me. You have commanded judgment. 7: Let the congregation of the peoples surround you. Rule over them on high. 8: Yahweh administers judgment to the peoples. Judge me, Yahweh, according to my righteousness, And to my integrity that is in me. 9: Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, But establish the righteous; Their minds and hearts are searched by the righteous God. 10: My shield is with God, Who saves the upright in heart. 11: God is a righteous judge, Yes, a God who has indignation every day. 12: If a man doesn't relent, he will sharpen his sword; He has bent and strung his bow. 13: He has also prepared for himself the instruments of death. He makes ready his flaming arrows. 14: Behold, he travails with iniquity; Yes, he has conceived mischief, And brought forth falsehood. 15: He has dug a hole, And has fallen into the pit which he made. 16: The trouble he causes shall return to his own head. His violence shall come down on the crown of his own head. 17: I will give thanks to Yahweh according to his righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of Yahweh Most High.