A psalm that David sang to Yahweh because of David's enemy, Cush
1 Yahweh my God, I come to you to protect me.
Rescue me, save me from all those who are pursuing me in order to harm me.
2 If you do not do that, they will tear me into pieces
like a lion does when it attacks the animals it wants to kill,
and no one will save me from them.
3 Yahweh my God, if I have done anything that is wrong,
4 if I have done evil to some friend who did good things to me,
or if, for no good reason, I have spared (OR, acted violently toward) those who were my enemies,
5 allow my enemies to pursue me and capture me.
Allow them to trample me into the ground
and leave me [SYN] lying dead in the dirt.
(Think about that!)
6 But Yahweh, because you are very angry with those who pursue me,
arise and attack/defeat my enemies who are furiously/angrily attacking me
Do to them what is just!
7 Gather around you the people of all nations,
and rule them from where you are in heaven [MTY].
8 Yahweh, judge the people of all nations!
And, Yahweh, show that I have done nothing that is wrong.
9 God, you know what every person is thinking,
and because you are righteous, you always do what is just/right.
So now stop evil people from doing wicked deeds,
and defend all of us who are righteous!
10 God, you protect me like a shield protects soldiers [MET];
you protect all those who are righteous in their inner being.
11 You judge everyone correctly,
and every day you punish wicked people.
12 Whenever your enemies do not ◄repent/change their behavior►,
it is as though [MET] you sharpen your sword and put a string on your bow to get ready to kill them.
13 You are preparing your weapons that kill those whom they strike;
the arrows that you will shoot have flaming tips.
14 Wicked people tell lies,
and they think that they surely will be able to do [MET] the evil things that they are planning to do
just as surely as a pregnant woman knows that she is going to give birth to a child [MET].
15 But when they dig a deep pit to trap others,
they themselves will fall into it.
16 They themselves will experience the trouble that they want to cause others to have;
they will hurt themselves by the violent things that they want to do to others.
17 I praise Yahweh because he always acts righteously/justly;
I sing to praise Yahweh, the one who is much greater than any other god.