To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David;

when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.
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Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.
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Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.
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For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me;
not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.
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They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.
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Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors.
Selah.
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They return at evening: they make a noise 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, O LORD, shalt laugh at them;
thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.
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Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.
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The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.
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Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power;
and bring them down, O Lord our shield.
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For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.
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Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth.
Selah.
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And at evening let them return;
and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
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Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied.
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But I will sing of thy power;
yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
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Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.