The Lord Implored to Defend the Psalmist against the Wicked.
3 O Lord my God, if I have done this,
If there is injustice in my hands,
4 If I have rewarded evil to [e]my friend,
Or have plundered [f]him who without cause was my adversary,
5 Let the enemy pursue [g]my soul and overtake [h]it;
And let him trample my life down to the ground
And lay my glory in the dust. [i]Selah.
6 Arise, O Lord, in Your anger;
Lift up Yourself against the rage of my adversaries,
And arouse Yourself [j]for me; You have appointed judgment.
7 Let the assembly of the peoples encompass You,
And over [k]them return on high.
8 The Lord judges the peoples;
[l]Vindicate me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me.
9 O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous;
For the righteous God tries the hearts and [m]minds.
10 My shield is [n]with God,
Who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge,
And a God who has indignation every day.
12 If [o]a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword;
He has bent His bow and [p]made it ready.
13 He has also prepared [q]for Himself deadly weapons;
He makes His arrows fiery shafts.
14 Behold, he travails with wickedness,
And he conceives mischief and brings forth falsehood.
15 He has dug a pit and hollowed it out,
And has fallen into the hole which he made.
16 His mischief will return upon his own head,
And his violence will descend upon [r]his own pate.
17 I will give thanks to the Lord according to His righteousness
And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.