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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book I
Jehovah Implored to Defend the Psalmist Against the Wicked
Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto Jehovah, concerning the words of Cush a Benjamite.
[1]  O JEHOVAH my God, in thee do I take refuge:
Save me from all them that pursue me, and deliver me,
[2]  Lest they tear my soul like a lion,
Rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.
[3]  O Jehovah my God, if I have done this;
If there be iniquity in my hands;
[4]  If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me
(Yea, I have delivered him that without cause was mine adversary);
[5]  Let the enemy pursue my soul, and overtake it;
Yea, let him tread my life down to the earth,
And lay my glory in the dust.  [Selah
[6]  Arise, O Jehovah, in thine anger;
Lift up thyself against the rage of mine adversaries,
And awake for me; thou hast commanded judgment.
[7]  And 1 let the congregation of the peoples compass thee about;
And over them return thou on high.
[8]  Jehovah ministereth judgment to the peoples:
Judge me, O Jehovah, according to my righteousness, and to mine integrity that 2 is in me.
[9]  Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish thou the righteous:
For the righteous God trieth the minds and hearts. 3
[10]  My shield is with God,
Who saveth the upright in heart.
[11]  God is a righteous judge,
Yea, a God that hath indignation every day.
[12]  If 4 a man turn not, he will whet his sword;
He hath bent his bow, and made it ready;
[13]  He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death;
He maketh his arrows fiery shafts.
[14]  Behold, he travaileth with iniquity;
Yea, he hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.
[15]  He hath made a pit, and digged it,
And is fallen into the ditch which he made.
[16]  His mischief shall return upon his own head,
And his violence shall come down upon his own pate.
[17]  I will give thanks unto Jehovah according to his righteousness,
And will sing praise to the name of Jehovah Most High.
Note 1. Or, So shall. [back]
Note 2. Or, be it unto me. [back]
Note 3. Heb. reins. [back]
Note 4. Or, Surely he will again whet. [back]


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