| The Book of Psalms.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
|Prayer for Protection from the Wicked|
|For the Chief Musician; with the Nehiloth. 1 A Psalm of David.|
| ||GIVE ear to my words, O Jehovah,|
Consider my meditation.
| ||Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God;|
For unto thee do I pray.
| ||O Jehovah, in the morning shalt thou hear my voice;|
In the morning will I order my prayer unto thee, and will keep watch.
| ||For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness:|
Evil 2 shall not sojourn with thee.
| ||The 3 arrogant shall not stand in thy sight:|
Thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
| ||Thou wilt destroy them that speak lies:|
Jehovah abhorreth the blood-thirsty and deceitful man.
| ||But as for me, in the abundance of thy lovingkindness will I come into thy house:|
In thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
| ||Lead me, O Jehovah, in thy righteousness because of mine 4 enemies;|
Make thy way straight 5 before my face.
| ||For there is no faithfulness 6 in their mouth;|
Their inward part is very 7 wickedness;
Their throat is an open sepulchre;
They of 8 latter with their tongue.
| ||Hold them guilty, O God;|
Let them fall by 9 their own counsels;
Thrust them out in the multitude of their transgressions;
For they have rebelled against thee.
| ||But 10 let all those that take refuge in thee rejoice,|
Let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them:
Let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
| ||For thou wilt bless the righteous;|
O Jehovah, thou wilt compass him with favor as with a shield.
|Note 1. Or, wind instruments. [back]|
|Note 2. Or, The evil man. [back]|
|Note 3. Or, Fools. [back]|
|Note 4. Or, them that lie in wait for me. [back]|
|Note 5. Or, level. [back]|
|Note 6. Or, stedfastness. [back]|
|Note 7. Or, a yawning gulf. [back]|
|Note 8. Heb. make smooth their tongue. [back]|
|Note 9. Or, from their counsels. [back]|
|Note 10. Or, So shall all those
rejoice, They shall ever shout
and thou shalt defend them: They also
shall be joyful in thee. [back]|