51Listen to my words, O LORD,
and hear my sighs.
2Listen to my cry for help,
my God and king!
I pray to you, O LORD;
3you hear my voice in the morning;
at sunrise I offer my prayer5.3 prayer; or sacrifice.
and wait for your answer.
4You are not a God who is pleased with wrongdoing;
you allow no evil in your presence.
5You cannot stand the sight of the proud;
you hate all wicked people.
6You destroy all liars
and despise violent, deceitful people.
7But because of your great love
I can come into your house;
I can worship in your holy Temple
and bow down to you in reverence.
8LORD, I have so many enemies!
Lead me to do your will;
make your way plain for me to follow.
What my enemies say can never be trusted;
they only want to destroy.
Their words are flattering and smooth,
but full of deadly deceit.
10Condemn and punish them, O God;
may their own plots cause their ruin.
Drive them out of your presence
because of their many sins
and their rebellion against you.
11But all who find safety in you will rejoice;
they can always sing for joy.
Protect those who love you;
because of you they are truly happy.
12You bless those who obey you, LORD;
your love protects them like a shield.
LORD, don't be angry and rebuke me!
Don't punish me in your anger!
2I am worn out, O LORD; have pity on me!
Give me strength; I am completely exhausted
3and my whole being is deeply troubled.
How long, O LORD, will you wait to help me?
4Come and save me, LORD;
in your mercy rescue me from death.
5In the world of the dead you are not remembered;
no one can praise you there.
6I am worn out with grief;
every night my bed is damp from my weeping;
my pillow is soaked with tears.
7I can hardly see;
my eyes are so swollen
from the weeping caused by my enemies.
Keep away from me, you evil people!
The LORD hears my weeping;
9he listens to my cry for help
and will answer my prayer.
10My enemies will know the bitter shame of defeat;
in sudden confusion they will be driven away.
71O LORD, my God, I come to you for protection;
rescue me and save me from all who pursue me,
2or else like a lion they will carry me off
where no one can save me,
and there they will tear me to pieces.
3-4O LORD, my God, if I have wronged anyone,
if I have betrayed a friend
or without cause done violence to my enemy7.3–4 without… enemy; or shown mercy to someone who wronged me unjustly. —
if I have done any of these things —
5then let my enemies pursue me and catch me,
let them cut me down and kill me
and leave me lifeless on the ground!
6Rise in your anger, O LORD!
Stand up against the fury of my enemies;
rouse yourself and help me!
Justice is what you demand,
7so bring together all the peoples round you,
and rule over them from above.7.7 Probable text rule over them from above; Hebrew return above over them.
8You are the judge of the whole human race.
Judge in my favour, O LORD;
you know that I am innocent.
You are a righteous God
and judge our thoughts and desires.
Stop the wickedness of evildoers
and reward those who are good.
10God is my protector;
he saves those who obey him.
11God is a righteous judge
and always condemns the wicked.
12If they do not change their ways,
God will sharpen his sword.
He bends his bow and makes it ready;
13he takes up his deadly weapons
and aims his burning arrows.
14See how wicked people think up evil;
they plan trouble and practise deception.
15But in the traps they set for others,
they themselves get caught.
16So they are punished by their own evil
and are hurt by their own violence.
17I thank the LORD for his justice,
I sing praises to the LORD, the Most High.