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SCRIPTURE TEXT (17) | PSALMS
Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.
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O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;
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If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)
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Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.
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Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.
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So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.
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The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.
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Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.
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My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.
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God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
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If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.
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He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.
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Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.
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He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.
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His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.
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I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.
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