[A psalm of David when he fled from his son Absalom.] LORD, how my foes increase! There are many who attack me.
Consider my enemies; they are numerous, and they hate me violently.
[For the choir director: according to "A Silent Dove Far Away." A Davidic Miktam. When the Philistines seized him in Gath.] Be gracious to me, God, for man tramples me; he fights and oppresses me all day long.
My adversaries trample me all day, for many arrogantly fight against me.
[For the choir director: "Do Not Destroy." A Davidic Miktam. When Saul sent [agents] to watch the house and kill him.] Deliver me from my enemies, my God; protect me from those who rise up against me.
Deliver me from those who practice sin, and save me from men of bloodshed.
LORD, look! They set an ambush for me. Powerful men attack me, but not because of any sin or rebellion of mine.
Do not let my deceitful enemies rejoice over me; do not let those who hate me without cause look at me maliciously.
Those who hate me without cause are more numerous than the hairs of my head; my deceitful enemies, who would destroy me, are powerful. Though I did not steal, I must repay.
You will be hated by everyone because of My name. But the one who endures to the end will be delivered.
"If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me before it hated you.
If you were of the world, the world would love [you as] its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you.
Remember the word I spoke to you: 'A slave is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will also keep yours.
But they will do all these things to you on account of My name, because they don't know the One who sent Me.
If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin. Now they have no excuse for their sin.
The one who hates Me also hates My Father.
If I had not done the works among them that no one else has done, they would not have sin. Now they have seen and hated both Me and My Father.
But [this happened] so that the statement written in their law might be fulfilled: They hated Me for no reason.
You said through the Holy Spirit, by the mouth of our father David Your servant: Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot futile things?
The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers assembled together against the Lord and against His Messiah.
"For, in fact, in this city both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, assembled together against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed,
to do whatever Your hand and Your plan had predestined to take place.