1: Yahweh, my God, I take refuge in you. Save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me,
2: lest they tear apart my soul like a lion, ripping it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.
3: Yahweh, my God, if I have done this, if there is iniquity in my hands,
4: if I have rewarded evil to him who was at peace with me (yes, if I have delivered him who without cause was my adversary),
5: let the enemy pursue my soul, and overtake it; yes, let him tread my life down to the earth, and lay my glory in the dust. Selah.
6: Arise, Yahweh, in your anger. Lift up yourself against the rage of my adversaries. Awake for me. You have commanded judgment.
7: Let the congregation of the peoples surround you. Rule over them on high.
8: Yahweh administers judgment to the peoples. Judge me, Yahweh, according to my righteousness, and to my integrity that is in me.
9: Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; their minds and hearts are searched by the righteous God.
10: My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart.
11: God is a righteous judge, yes, a God who has indignation every day.
12: If a man doesn't relent, he will sharpen his sword; he has bent and strung his bow.
13: He has also prepared for himself the instruments of death. He makes ready his flaming arrows.
14: Behold, he travails with iniquity. Yes, he has conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.
15: He has dug a hole, and has fallen into the pit which he made.
16: The trouble he causes shall return to his own head. His violence shall come down on the crown of his own head.
17: I will give thanks to Yahweh according to his righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of Yahweh Most High. Psalm 8 For the Chief Musician; on an instrument of Gath. A Psalm by David.