For the Chief Musician; set to Al-tashheth. A Psalm of David. Michtam; when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.

[1] DELIVER me from mine enemies, O my God:

Set me on high from them that rise up against me.

[2] Deliver me from the workers of iniquity,

And save me from the blood-thirsty men.

[3] For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul;

The mighty gather themselves together against me:

Not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O Jehovah.

[4] They run and prepare themselves without my fault:

Awake thou to help〖Heb. meet.〗 me, and behold.

[5] Even thou, O Jehovah God of hosts, the God of Israel,

Arise to visit all the nations:

Be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. [Selah

[6] They return at evening, they howl like a dog,

And go round about the city.

[7] Behold, they belch out with their mouth;

Swords are in their lips:

For who, say they, doth hear?

[8] But thou, O Jehovah, wilt laugh at them;

Thou wilt have all the nations in derision.

[9] Because〖Acc. to Sept. and Vulg., My strength.〗 of his strength I will give heed unto thee;

For God is my high tower.

[10] My God with his lovingkindness will meet me:

God will let me see my desire upon mine〖Or, them that lie in wait for me.〗 enemies.

[11] Slay them not, lest my people forget:

Scatter〖Or, Make them wander to and fro.〗 them by thy power, and bring them down,

O Lord our shield.

[12] For the sin of their mouth, and the words of their lips,

Let them even be taken in their pride,

And for cursing and lying which they speak.

[13] Consume them in wrath, consume them, so that they shall be no more:

And let them know that God ruleth in Jacob,

Unto the ends of the earth. [Selah

[14] And at evening let them return, let them howl like a dog,

And go round about the city.

[15] They shall wander up and down for food,

And tarry all night if they be not satisfied.

[16] But I will sing of thy strength;

Yea, I will sing aloud of thy lovingkindness in the morning:

For thou hast been my high tower,

And a refuge in the day of my distress.

[17] Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing praises:

For God is my high tower, the God of my mercy.

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