1 A Psalm of David.
To thee, O Lord, have I cried; my God, be not silent toward me: lest thou be silent toward me, and so I should be likened to them that go down to the pit. 2 Hearken to the voice of my supplication, when I pray to thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy temple. 3 Draw not away my soul with sinners, and destroy me not with the workers of iniquity, who speak peace with their neighbours, but evils are in their hearts. 4 Give them according to their works, and according to the wickedness of their devices: give them according to the works of their hands; render their recompence unto them. 5 Because they have not attended to the works of the Lord, even to the works of his hands, thou shalt pull them down, and shalt not build them up.
6 Blessed be the Lord, for he has hearkened to the voice of my petition. 7 The Lord is my helper and my defender; my heart has hoped in him, and I am helped: my flesh has revived, and willingly will I * Or, confess to him.give praise to him. 8 The Lord is the strength of his people, and the † Gr. defender of the salvation of.saving defender of his anointed.
9 Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: and take care of them, and lift them up for ever.