For the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. Maschil of David.

[1] GIVE ear to my prayer, O God;

And hide not thyself from my supplication.

[2] Attend unto me, and answer me:

I am restless in my complaint, and moan,

[3] Because of the voice of the enemy,

Because of the oppression of the wicked;

For they cast iniquity upon me,

And in anger they persecute me.

[4] My heart is sore pained within me:

And the terrors of death are fallen upon me.

[5] Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me,

And horror hath overwhelmed me.

[6] And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove!

Then would I fly away, and be at rest.

[7] Lo, then would I wander far off,

I would lodge in the wilderness. [Selah

[8] I would haste〖Or, hasten my escape.〗 me to a shelter

From the stormy wind and tempest.

[9] Destroy,〖Heb. Swallow up.〗 O Lord, and divide their tongue;

For I have seen violence and strife in the city.

[10] Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof:

Iniquity also and mischief are in the midst of it.

[11] Wickedness is in the midst thereof:

Oppression〖Or, Fraud.〗 and guile depart not from its streets.

[12] For it was not an enemy that reproached me;

Then I could have borne it:

Neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me;

Then I would have hid myself from him:

[13] But it was thou, a man mine equal,

My companion, and my familiar friend.

[14] We took sweet counsel together;

We walked in the house of God with the throng.

[15] Let〖Or, as otherwise read, Desolations be upon them!.〗 death come suddenly upon them,

Let them go down alive into Sheol;

For wickedness is in their dwelling, in the〖Or, their inward part.〗 midst of them.

[16] As for me, I will call upon God;

And Jehovah will save me.

[17] Evening, and morning, and at noonday, will I complain, and moan;

And he will hear my voice.

[18] He hath redeemed my soul in peace from〖Or, so that none came nigh me.〗 the battle that was against me;

For they were many that strove with me.

[19] God will hear, and answer〖Or, afflict.〗 them,

Even he that abideth of old, [Selah

The men who have no changes,

And who fear not God.

[20] He hath put forth his hands against such as were at peace with him:

He hath profaned his covenant.

[21] His mouth was smooth as butter,

But his heart was war:

His words were softer than oil,

Yet were they drawn swords.

[22] Cast thy〖Or, what he hath given thee.〗 burden upon Jehovah, and he will sustain thee:

He will never suffer the righteous to be moved.

[23] But thou, O God, wilt bring them down into the pit of destruction:

Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days;

But I will trust in thee.

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