Psalm 7

Domine, Deus meus
O Lord my God, in you have I put my trust; *
save me from all those who persecute me, and deliver me,
Lest they devour me like a lion and tear me in pieces, *
while there is none to help.
O Lord my God, if I have done any such thing, *
if there be any wickedness in my hands,
If I have repaid evil to him who has dealt with me as a friend, *
or plundered him who without any cause is my enemy,
Then let my enemy pursue me and overtake me, *
let him trample my life into the ground, and lay my honor in the dust.
Stand up, O Lord, in your wrath, and lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies; *
rise up for me in the judgment that you have commanded.
Then shall the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you; *
lift yourself up again, O Lord, you judge of all the nations.
Give sentence for me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, *
and according to the innocence that is in me.
O let the wickedness of the ungodly come to an end; *
but establish the just.
For the righteous God *
tries the very hearts and minds.
God is my shield and my defense; *
he preserves those who are true of heart.
God is a righteous judge, strong and patient; *
and God is provoked every day.
If a man will not repent, God will whet his sword; *
he will bend his bow, and make it ready.
He has prepared for him the instruments of death; *
he makes his arrows shafts of fire.
Behold, the ungodly is in labor with mischief; *
he has conceived wickedness and brought forth lies.
He has made a pit and dug it out, *
but will himself fall into the trap that he made for others.
For his malice shall come upon his own head, *
and his wickedness shall fall on his own scalp.
I will give thanks unto the Lord, according to his righteousness; *
and I will praise the Name of the Lord Most High.