A shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjaminite.
1Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me,2or they will tear me apart like a lion and rip me to pieces with no-one to rescue me.3Lord my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands –4if I have repaid my ally with evil or without cause have robbed my foe –5then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground and make me sleep in the dust.6Arise, Lord, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake, my God; decree justice.7Let the assembled peoples gather round you, while you sit enthroned over them on high.8Let the Lord judge the peoples. Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High.9Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure – you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts.10My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.11God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day.12If he does not relent, he will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.13He has prepared his deadly weapons; he makes ready his flaming arrows.14Whoever is pregnant with evil conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment.15Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made.16The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads.17I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.
King James Version
1Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite. O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:2Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.3O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;4If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)5Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it ; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.6Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.7So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.8The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.9Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.10My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.11God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.12If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.13He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.14Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.15He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.16His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.17I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.
New International Reader’s Version
A shiggaion of David. He sang it to the Lord about Cush, who was from the tribe of Benjamin.
1LORD my God, I go to you for safety. Help me. Save me from all those who are chasing me.2If you don’t, they will tear me apart as if they were lions. They will rip me to pieces so that no one can save me.3LORD my God, suppose I have done something wrong. Suppose I am guilty.4Or I have done evil to my friend. Or I have robbed my enemy without any reason.5Then let my enemy chase me and catch me. Let him trample me into the ground. Let him bury me in the dust.6LORD, rise up in your anger. Rise up against the great anger of my enemies. My God, wake up. Command that the right thing be done.7Let all the people of the earth gather around you. Rule over them from your throne in heaven.8LORD, judge all people. LORD, show that I have done what is right. Most High God, remember that I am honest.9God, you always do what is right. You look deep down inside the hearts and minds of people. Bring to an end the terrible things sinful people do. Make godly people safe.10The Most High God is like a shield that keeps me safe. He saves those whose hearts are honest.11God judges fairly. He shows his anger every day.12If evil people don’t change their ways, God will sharpen his sword. He will get his bow ready to use.13He has prepared his deadly weapons. He has made his flaming arrows ready.14Whoever is full of evil plans trouble and ends up telling lies.15Whoever digs a hole and shovels it out falls into the pit they have made.16The trouble they cause comes back on them. The terrible things they do will happen to them.17I will give thanks to the LORD because he does what is right. I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.