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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book II
 
LV
 
Prayer for the Destruction of the Treacherous
 
 
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 1 me to a shelter
From the stormy wind and tempest.
[9]  Destroy, 2 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 3 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 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.
[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 6 the battle that was against me;
For they were many that strove with me.
[19]  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.
[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 8 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.
 
Note 1. Or, hasten my escape. [back]
Note 2. Heb. Swallow up. [back]
Note 3. Or, Fraud. [back]
Note 4. Or, as otherwise read, Desolations be upon them!. [back]
Note 5. Or, their inward part. [back]
Note 6. Or, so that none came nigh me. [back]
Note 7. Or, afflict. [back]
Note 8. Or, what he hath given thee. [back]
 

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