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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book II
 
LXIV
 
Prayer for Deliverance from Secret Enemies
 
 
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
 
 
[1]  HEAR my voice, O God, in my complaint:
Preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
[2]  Hide me from the secret counsel of evil-doers,
From the tumult 1 of the workers of iniquity;
[3]  Who have whet their tongue like a sword,
And have aimed their arrows, even bitter words,
[4]  That they may shoot in secret places at the perfect:
Suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
[5]  They encourage themselves in an evil purpose;
They commune of laying snares privily;
They say, Who will see them?
[6]  They search out iniquities;
We 2 have accomplished, say they, a diligent search:
And the inward thought and the heart of every one is deep.
[7]  But God will shoot at them;
With an arrow suddenly shall they be wounded.
[8]  So they 3 shall be made to stumble, their own tongue being against them:
All that see them shall wag 4 the head.
[9]  And all men shall fear;
And they shall declare the work of God,
And shall wisely consider of his doing.
[10]  The righteous shall be glad in Jehovah, and shall take refuge in him;
And all the upright in heart shall glory.
 
Note 1. Or, throng. [back]
Note 2. Or, as otherwise read, They have accomplished (or, have hidden). [back]
Note 3. Or, shall they against whom their tongue was make them to stumble. [back]
Note 4. Or, flee away. [back]
 

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