Lord, my God, in you I take refuge;
rescue me; save me from all who pursue me,
Lest they maul me like lions, tear me to pieces with none to save.
Lord my God, if I am at fault in this, if there is guilt on my hands,
if I have repaid my friend with evil –
I spared even those who hated me without cause –
Then let my enemy pursue and overtake me, trample my life to the ground,
and leave me dishonored in the dust.
Grant me justice, O Lord, for I am blameless; free of any guilt.
Bring the malice of the wicked to an end; uphold the innocent,
O God of justice, who tries hearts and minds.
Psalm 7:2-6, 9-10