28:1 To you, O LORD, I cry out!
My protector, do not ignore me!
If you do not respond to me,
I will join those who are descending into the grave.
28:2 Hear my plea for mercy when I cry out to you for help,
when I lift my hands toward your holy temple!
28:3 Do not drag me away with evil men,
with those who behave wickedly,
who talk so friendly to their neighbors,
while they plan to harm them!
28:4 Pay them back for their evil deeds!
Pay them back for what they do!
28:5 For they do not understand the LORD’s actions,
or the way he carries out justice.
The LORD will permanently demolish them.
28:6 The LORD deserves praise,
for he has heard my plea for mercy!
28:7 The LORD strengthens and protects me;
I trust in him with all my heart.
I am rescued and my heart is full of joy;
I will sing to him in gratitude.
28:8 The LORD strengthens his people;
he protects and delivers his chosen king.
28:9 Deliver your people!
Empower the nation that belongs to you!
Care for them like a shepherd and carry them in your arms at all times!