| The Book of Psalms.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
|Prayer for the Destruction of the Treacherous|
|For the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. Maschil of David.|
| ||GIVE ear to my prayer, O God;|
And hide not thyself from my supplication.
| ||Attend unto me, and answer me:|
I am restless in my complaint, and moan,
| ||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.
| ||My heart is sore pained within me:|
And the terrors of death are fallen upon me.
| ||Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me,|
And horror hath overwhelmed me.
| ||And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove!|
Then would I fly away, and be at rest.
| ||Lo, then would I wander far off,|
I would lodge in the wilderness. [Selah
| ||I would haste 1 me to a shelter|
From the stormy wind and tempest.
| ||Destroy, 2 O Lord, and divide their tongue;|
For I have seen violence and strife in the city.
| ||Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof:|
Iniquity also and mischief are in the midst of it.
| ||Wickedness is in the midst thereof:|
Oppression 3 and guile depart not from its streets.
| ||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:
| ||But it was thou, a man mine equal,|
My companion, and my familiar friend.
| ||We took sweet counsel together;|
We walked in the house of God with the throng.
| ||Let 4 death come suddenly upon them,|
Let them go down alive into Sheol;
For wickedness is in their dwelling, in the 5 midst of them.
| ||As for me, I will call upon God;|
And Jehovah will save me.
| ||Evening, and morning, and at noonday, will I complain, and moan;|
And he will hear my voice.
| ||He hath redeemed my soul in peace from 6 the battle that was against me;|
For they were many that strove with me.
| ||God will hear, and answer 7 them,|
Even he that abideth of old, [Selah
The men who have no changes,
And who fear not God.
| ||He hath put forth his hands against such as were at peace with him:|
He hath profaned his covenant.
| ||His mouth was smooth as butter,|
But his heart was war:
His words were softer than oil,
Yet were they drawn swords.
| ||Cast thy 8 burden upon Jehovah, and he will sustain thee:|
He will never suffer the righteous to be moved.
| ||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.