1Rescue me, O Lord, from evil, violent men—O protect me!
2They devise plans in their hearts and stir up evil constantly.
3They make tongues as sharp as serpents, poison is upon their lips;
4Keep me, Lord, protect me from them, for my feet they plan to trip.
5Proud men hide a snare to catch me, they set traps along my way.
6I cry, “Lord, You are my God”; and for Your mercy I will pray.
7Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer; for the fight, Your shield I need;
8Don’t grant wicked their desires, Lord; do not let their plans succeed.
9May all those who do surround me be entrapped in their own lies;
10Burning coals fall down upon them, thrown in fire, never to rise.
11Let not slander be established; may disaster hunt them down;
Those who slander – men of violence, all their deeds, Lord, do confound.
12For I know the Lord loves justice, and upholds the needy’s cause;
13And the upright ones will praise You; they will live who love Your laws.