A Prayer for Protection against Oppressors
17 1 Hear the right, O Jehovah, attend unto my cry; give ear unto my prayer, which is not out of feigned lips. 2 Let my judgment come forth from thy presence, let thine eyes regard equity. 3 Thou hast proved my heart, thou hast visited me by night; thou hast tried me, thou hast found nothing: my thought goeth not beyond my word. 4 Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept from the paths of the violent [man]. 5 When thou holdest my goings in thy paths, my footsteps slip not. 6 I have called upon thee, for thou answerest me, O God. Incline thine ear unto me, hear my speech. 7 Shew wondrously thy loving-kindnesses, O thou that savest by thy right hand them that trust [in thee] from those that rise up [against them].
8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, 9 From the wicked that destroy me, my deadly enemies, who compass me about. 10 They are enclosed in their own fat; with their mouth they speak proudly. 11 They have now encompassed us in our steps; their eyes have they set, bowing down to the earth. 12 He is like a lion that is greedy of its prey, and as a young lion lurking in secret places. 13 Arise, Jehovah, anticipate him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, thy sword; 14 From men [who are] thy hand, O Jehovah, from men of this age: their portion is in [this] life, and their belly thou fillest with thy hid [treasure]; they have their fill of sons, and leave the rest of their [substance] to their children. 15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
A Prayer for Rescue from Enemies
35 1 Strive, O Jehovah, with them that strive with me; fight against them that fight against me: 2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help; 3 And draw out the spear, and stop [the way] against my pursuers: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation. 4 Let them be put to shame and confounded that seek after my life; let them be turned backward and brought to confusion that devise my hurt: 5 Let them be as chaff before the wind, and let the angel of Jehovah drive [them] away; 6 Let their way be dark and slippery, and let the angel of Jehovah pursue them. 7 For without cause have they hidden for me their net [in] a pit; without cause they have digged [it] for my soul. 8 Let destruction come upon him unawares, and let his net which he hath hidden catch himself: for destruction let him fall therein. 9 And my soul shall be joyful in Jehovah; it shall rejoice in his salvation. 10 All my bones shall say, Jehovah, who is like unto thee, who deliverest the afflicted from one stronger than he, yea, the afflicted and the needy from him that spoileth him!
11 Unrighteous witnesses rise up; they lay to my charge things which I know not. 12 They reward me evil for good, [to] the bereavement of my soul. 13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; I chastened my soul with fasting, and my prayer returned into mine own bosom: 14 I behaved myself as though [he had been] a friend, a brother to me; I bowed down in sadness, as one that mourneth [for] a mother. 15 But at my halting they rejoiced, and gathered together: the slanderers gathered themselves together against me, and I knew [it] not; they did tear [me], and ceased not: 16 With profane jesters for bread, they have gnashed their teeth against me.
17 Lord, how long wilt thou look on? Rescue my soul from their destructions, my only one from the young lions. 18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation; I will praise thee among much people. 19 Let not them that are wrongfully mine enemies rejoice over me; let them not wink with the eye that hate me without cause. 20 For they speak not peace; and they devise deceitful words against the quiet in the land. 21 And they opened their mouth wide against me; they said, Aha! aha! our eye hath seen [it]. 22 Thou hast seen [it], Jehovah: keep not silence; O Lord, be not far from me. 23 Stir up thyself, and awake for my right, for my cause, my God and Lord! 24 Judge me, Jehovah my God, according to thy righteousness, and let them not rejoice over me. 25 Let them not say in their heart, Aha! so would we have it. Let them not say, We have swallowed him up. 26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine adversity; let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me. 27 Let them exult and rejoice that delight in my righteousness; and let them say continually, Jehovah be magnified, who delighteth in the prosperity of his servant. 28 And my tongue shall talk of thy righteousness, [and] of thy praise, all the day.
A Prayer for Protection from Enemies
54 1 To the chief Musician. On stringed instruments: an instruction. Of David; when the Ziphites came, and said to Saul, Is not David hiding himself with us? O God, by thy name save me, and by thy strength do me justice. 2 O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth. 3 For strangers are risen up against me, and the violent seek after my life: they have not set God before them. Selah.
4 Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is among them that uphold my soul. 5 He will requite evil to mine enemies: in thy truth cut them off. 6 I will freely sacrifice unto thee; I will praise thy name, O Jehovah, because it is good. 7 For he hath delivered me out of all trouble; and mine eye hath seen [its desire] upon mine enemies.
God Satisfies the Thirsting Soul
63 1 A Psalm of David; when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee. My soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh languisheth for thee, in a dry and weary land without water: 2 To see thy power and thy glory, as I have beheld thee in the sanctuary;
3 For thy loving-kindness is better than life: my lips shall praise thee. 4 So will I bless thee while I live; I will lift up my hands in thy name. 5 My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise [thee] with joyful lips. 6 When I remember thee upon my bed, I meditate on thee in the night-watches:
7 For thou hast been my help, and in the shadow of thy wings will I sing for joy. 8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. 9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy [it], shall go into the lower parts of the earth; 10 They shall be given over to the power of the sword; they shall be the portion of foxes. 11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: for the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.