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The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book II
Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies
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 1 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 2 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 3 enemies.
[11]  Slay them not, lest my people forget:
Scatter 4 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.
Note 1. Heb. meet. [back]
Note 2. Acc. to Sept. and Vulg., My strength. [back]
Note 3. Or, them that lie in wait for me. [back]
Note 4. Or, Make them wander to and fro. [back]


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