1Rescue me from my enemies, O God; *protect me from those who rise up against me.
2Rescue me from evildoers *and save me from those who thirst for my blood.
3See how they lie in wait for my life,
how the mighty gather together against me; *not for any offense or fault of mine, O Lord.
4Not because of any guilt of mine *they run and prepare themselves for battle.
5Rouse yourself, come to my side, and see; *for you, Lord God of hosts, are Israel’s God.
6Awake, and punish all the ungodly; *show no mercy to those who are faithless and evil.
7They go to and fro in the evening; *they snarl like dogs and run about the city.
8Behold, they boast with their mouths,
and taunts are on their lips; *“For who,” they say, “will hear us?”
9But you, O Lord, you laugh at them; *you laugh all the ungodly to scorn.
10My eyes are fixed on you, O my Strength; *for you, O God, are my stronghold.
11My merciful God comes to meet me; *God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
12Slay them, O God, lest my people forget; *send them reeling by your might
and put them down, O Lord our shield.
13For the sins of their mouths, for the words of their lips,
for the cursing and lies that they utter, *let them be caught in their pride.
14Make an end of them in your wrath; *make an end of them, and they shall be no more.
15Let everyone know that God rules in Jacob, *and to the ends of the earth.
16They go to and fro in the evening; *they snarl like dogs and run about the city.
17They forage for food, *and if they are not filled, they howl.
18For my part, I will sing of your strength; *I will celebrate your love in the morning;
19For you have become my stronghold, *a refuge in the day of my trouble.
20To you, O my Strength, will I sing; *for you, O God, are my stronghold and my merciful God.