1God, save me from my enemies. Keep me safe from those who rise up against me.2Save me from those who do evil. Save me from murderers.3See how they hide and wait for me! Lord, angry people plan to harm me, even though I haven't hurt them in any way or sinned against them.4I haven't done anything wrong to them. But they are ready to attack me. Rise up and help me! Look at what I'm up against!5Lord God who rules over all, rise up. God of Israel, punish all of the nations. Don't show any mercy to those sinful people who have turned against me. Selah6My enemies are like a pack of barking dogs that come back to the city in the evening. They prowl around the city.7Listen to what pours out of their mouths. The words from their lips are like swords. They think, “Who can hear us?”8But you laugh at them, Lord. You make fun of all those nations.9You give me strength. I look to you. God, you are like a fort to me.10You are my loving God. God will march out in front of me. He will let me look down on those who tell lies about me.11Lord, you are like a shield that keeps us safe. Don't kill my enemies all at once. If you do, my people will forget about it. Use your power to make my enemies wander around. Destroy them.12They have sinned with their mouths. Their lips have spoken evil words. They have called down a curse on me and lied. Let them be caught in their pride.13Burn them up in your anger. Burn them up until there isn't anything left of them. Then everyone from one end of the earth to the other will know that God rules over the people of Jacob. Selah14My enemies are like a pack of barking dogs that come back into the city in the evening. They prowl around the city.15They wander around looking for food. They groan if they don't find something that will satisfy them.16But I will sing about your strength. In the morning I will sing about your love. You are like a fort to me. You keep me safe in times of trouble.17You give me strength. I sing praise to you. God, you are like a fort to me. You are my loving God.
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Deliver Me from My Enemies
1To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam of David, when Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him. Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; protect me from those who rise up against me; (1Sa 19:11; Ps 16:1; Ps 17:7; Ps 18:48; Ps 20:1; Ps 57:1; Ps 143:9)2deliver me from those who work evil, and save me from bloodthirsty men. (Ps 5:6; Ps 94:4)3For behold, they lie in wait for my life; fierce men stir up strife against me. For no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord, (1Sa 24:11; Ps 7:3; Ps 10:9; Ps 56:6; Ps 69:4)4for no fault of mine, they run and make ready. Awake, come to meet me, and see! (Ps 35:23)5You, Lord God of hosts, are God of Israel. Rouse yourself to punish all the nations; spare none of those who treacherously plot evil. (Ps 80:4; Ps 84:8)6Each evening they come back, howling like dogs and prowling about the city. (Ps 22:16)7There they are, bellowing with their mouths with swords in their lips— for “Who,” they think, “will hear us?” (Job 22:13; Ps 57:4; Ps 94:4; Pr 15:2; Pr 15:28)8But you, O Lord, laugh at them; you hold all the nations in derision. (Ps 2:4)9O my Strength, I will watch for you, for you, O God, are my fortress. (Ps 9:9; Ps 59:16)10My God in his steadfast love will meet me; God will let me look in triumph on my enemies. (Ps 21:3; Ps 54:7; Ps 59:17)11Kill them not, lest my people forget; make them totter by your power and bring them down, O Lord, our shield! (Ps 3:3; Ps 55:23)12For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips, let them be trapped in their pride. For the cursing and lies that they utter, (Pr 12:13)13consume them in wrath; consume them till they are no more, that they may know that God rules over Jacob to the ends of the earth. (Ps 7:9; Ps 22:27; Ps 83:18)14Each evening they come back, howling like dogs and prowling about the city. (Ps 22:16)15They wander about for food and growl if they do not get their fill. (Job 15:23; Ps 109:10)16But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress. (2Sa 22:3; Ps 18:6; Ps 59:9)17O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love. (Ps 59:10; Ps 59:16)