A. 1 Be merciful unto me, O God:
for man would swallow me up;
he fighting daily oppresseth me.
2 Mine enemies would daily swallow me up:
for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.
B. 3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
4 In God I will praise his word,
in God I have put my trust;
I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
C. 5 Every day they wrest my words:
all their thoughts are against me for evil.
D. 6 They gather themselves together,
they hide themselves,
they mark my steps,
when they wait for my soul.
E. 7 Shall they escape by iniquity?
in thine anger cast down the people, O God.
D’. 8 Thou tellest my wanderings:
put thou my tears into thy bottle:
are they not in thy book?
C’. 9 When I cry unto thee,
then shall mine enemies turn back:
this I know;
for God is for me.
B’. 10 In God will I praise his word:
in the Lord will I praise his word.
11 In God have I put my trust:
I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
A’. 12 Thy vows are upon me, O God:
I will render praises unto thee.
13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death:
wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God in the light of the living?