From Psalm 7
Tune: Paulina 11 11 11 11
Arranger: G. Donizetti, 1797-1848
1 Jehovah, my God, on Thy help I depend;
From all that pursue me O save and defend;
Lest they like a lion should rend me at will,
While no one is near me their raging to still.
2 When wronged without cause, I have kindness returned;
But if I my neighbor maltreated and spurned,
My soul let the enemy seize for his prey,
My life and mine honor in dust let him lay.
3 O Lord, in Thy wrath stay the wrath of my foes;
Awake and Thy judgment ordained interpose.
Let peoples surround Thee and wait at Thy feet.
While o’er them for judgment Thou takes Thy seat.
4 All nations of men shall be judged by the Lord;
To me, O Jehovah, just judgment accord,
As faithful and righteous in life I have been,
And ever integrity cherished within.
5 Establish the righteous let evil depart,
For God who is just, tries the thoughts of the heart.
In God for defense I have placed all my trust;
The upright He saves and He judges the just.
6 The Lord with the wicked is angry all days,
And if they repent not is ready to slay;
By manifold ruin for others prepared
They surely at last shall themselves be ensnared.
7 Because He is righteous His praise I will sing,
Thanksgiving and honor to Him I will bring,
Will sing to the Lord on whose grace I rely,
Extolling the Name of Jehovah Most High.