1 O Lord my God, I wholly place
my confidence in Thee:
Form all my persecuting foes,
save and deliver me.
2 Lest like to rending lions they
my soul in pieces tare;
And when they tare, to rescue me
there should not one appear.
3 O thou Jehovah, O my God,
if this thing done have I;
If in these hands of mine there be
4 If I have rendred ill to him
who was at peace with me;
(Yea rather I released have
my causeless enemy;)
5 Then let the foe pursue my soul,
and seize it as a prey;
Let him my life tread to the earth,
in dust my honor lay. (Selah)
6 Lord, rise in wrath; lest up thy self;
my raging foes withstand;
Wake for me to the judgment thou
dost rightfully command.
7 So the great congregation shall
encompass thee with joy;
O therefore for their sake return,
to thy bright seat on high.
8 The Lord will all the people judge:
Jehovah judge thou me
According to my righteousness,*
and mine integrity.
9 Let end the wicked's wickedness,
but the just ratify,
Because O thou the righteous God
the hearts and reins dost try.
10 In God is my defense, who saves
the right in heart and way:
11 But God the righteous judge is wroth,
with sinners every day.
12 Unless that turning they repent,
his sword he sharp will whet;
Yea has already bent his bow,
and has it ready set.
13 Against the persecutors made
his arrows ready hath;
He ready has prepared for them
the instruments of death.
14 Behold they travail as in birth
with vain iniquity:
Behold how mischief they conceive,
and then bring forth a lie.
He digged a pit, and digged it deep,
the innocent to take;
But he is fallen into the pit,
which he himself did make.
16 Return on his mischievous head
his mischief surely shall;
And on his crown, his violence
in righteousness shall fall.
17 According to his righteousness,
Jehovah praise will I;
And to his name a psalm I'll sing,
who is the Lord most high.
The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New Testament, 1758