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{To the chief Musician.
'Destroy not.' Of David.
Michtam;
when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.}
Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God;
secure me on high from them that rise up against me.
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Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from men of blood.
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For behold, they lie in wait for my soul;
strong ones are gathered against me: not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O Jehovah.
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They run and prepare themselves without [my] fault: awake to meet me, and behold.
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Yea, do thou, Jehovah, the God of hosts, the God of Israel, arise to visit all the nations: be not gracious to any plotters of iniquity.
Selah.
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They return in the evening;
they howl like a dog, and go round about the city:
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Behold, they belch out with their mouth;
swords are in their lips: for who [say they] doth hear?
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But thou, Jehovah, wilt laugh at them;
thou wilt have all the nations in derision.
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Their strength!
… I will take heed to thee;
for God is my high fortress.
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God, whose loving-kindness will come to meet me, — God shall let me see [my desire] upon mine enemies.
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Slay them not, lest my people forget;
by thy power make them wander, and bring them down, O Lord, our shield.
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[Because of] the sin of their mouth, the word of their lips, let them even be taken in their pride;
and because of cursing and lying which they speak.
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Make an end in wrath, make an end, that they may be no more;
that they may know that God ruleth in Jacob, unto the ends of the earth.
Selah.
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And in the evening they shall return, they shall howl like a dog, and go round about the city.
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They shall wander about for meat, and stay all night if they be not satisfied.
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But as for me, I will sing of thy strength;
yea, I will sing aloud of thy loving-kindness in the morning;
for thou hast been to me a high fortress, and a refuge in the day of my trouble.
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Unto thee, my strength, will I sing psalms;
for God is my high fortress, the God of my mercy.