For the leader. On jonath elem rehokim. Of David. A michtam, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.
1 O God, be gracious to me,
for people trample upon me,
all the day righting and pressing me.
2 All the day enemies trample me;
many there be
who contend with me bitterly.
3 In the day of my terror
I trust in you.
4 In God I maintain my cause,
in God I fearlessly trust.
5 They torture me all the day,
they ceaselessly plan to hurt me,
6 banded together in secret,
watching my every step,
as those who hope for my death.
7 Pay them out for their sin, O God,
hurl down the strong in your anger.
8 You yourself count my wanderings.
Put in your bottle my tears
are they not in your book?
9 Then shall my foes be turned back
in the day that I call.
Of this I am sure,
because God is for me.
10 In God I maintain my cause,
in the Lord I maintain my cause.
11 In God I fearlessly trust,
what can people do to me?
12 Your vows are upon me, O God,
I will render thank-offerings to you;
13 because you have saved me from death,
my feet from stumbling,
to the end that I walk before God
in the light of the living.