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Psalms 28

Of David.

1 To you I call, O Lord my Rock;
     do not turn a deaf ear to me.
For if you remain silent,
     I will be like those who have gone down to the pit.
2 Hear my cry for mercy
     as I call to you for help,
as I lift up my hands
     toward your Most Holy Place.
3 Do not drag me away with the wicked,
     with those who do evil,
who speak cordially with their neighbors
     but harbor malice in their hearts.
4 Repay them for their deeds
     and for their evil work;
repay them for what their hands have done
     and bring back upon them what they deserve.
5 Since they show no regard for the works of the Lord
     and what his hands have done,
he will tear them down
     and never build them up again.
6 Praise be to the Lord,
     for he has heard my cry for mercy.
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
     my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy
     and I will give thanks to him in song.
8 The Lord is the strength of his people,
     a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
9 Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.