1 Protect and save me, O my God,
From foes that seek my life;
And set me high, secure, above
The rising tide of strife.
2 The workers of iniquity
Against me lie in wait;
Tho' I am innocent, O Lord,
They gather in their hate.
3 Behold their wickedness, O Lord;
To help me, O awake,
Lord God of Hosts, Thou, Israel's God,
Arise, and vengeance take.
4 My enemies with deadly rage
Renew their fierce attack;
They think the Lord will not regard,
But Thou wilt turn them back.
5 O God, my strength, on Thee I wait;
To Thee for refuge flee.
My God with mercy will defend
Triumphant I shall be.
6 O God our shield, let wickedness
And pride be put to shame.
Till all shall know that Thou dost rule,
And all shall fear Thy Name.
7 Let wickedness that raged in power
Now rage in impotence;
But I will glory in Thy strength
My refuge and defense.
8 When all the night of woe is past
And morning dawns at length,
Then I will praise Thy grace, O God,
My refuge and my strength.
9 To Thee, O god most merciful,
My thankful song I raise;
My might, my strong, secure abode,
I will proclaim Thy praise.
The Psalter: with responsive readings, 1912