Psalm 28

1    To you I call, O Lord my rock;

    be not deaf to my cry,  

lest, if you do not hear me,

    I become like those who go down to the Pit.

2    Hear the voice of my prayer when I cry out to you,  

when I lift up my hands to your holy of holies.

3    Do not snatch me away with the wicked,

    with the evildoers,  

who speak peaceably with their neighbours,

    while malice is in their hearts.

4    Repay them according to their deeds  

and according to the wickedness of their devices.

5  Reward them according to the work of their hands  

and pay them their just deserts.

6    They take no heed of the Lord’s doings,

    nor of the works of his hands;  

therefore shall he break them down

    and not build them up.

7    Blessed be the Lord,  

for he has heard the voice of my prayer.

8    The Lord is my strength and my shield;  

my heart has trusted in him and I am helped;

9    Therefore my heart dances for joy  

and in my song will I praise him.

10  The Lord is the strength of his people,  

a safe refuge for his anointed.

11  Save your people and bless your inheritance;  

shepherd them and carry them for ever.


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