| The Book of Psalms.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
|Prayer for Deliverance from Secret Enemies|
|For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.|
| ||HEAR my voice, O God, in my complaint:|
Preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
| ||Hide me from the secret counsel of evil-doers,|
From the tumult 1 of the workers of iniquity;
| ||Who have whet their tongue like a sword,|
And have aimed their arrows, even bitter words,
| ||That they may shoot in secret places at the perfect:|
Suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
| ||They encourage themselves in an evil purpose;|
They commune of laying snares privily;
They say, Who will see them?
| ||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.
| ||But God will shoot at them;|
With an arrow suddenly shall they be wounded.
| ||So they 3 shall be made to stumble, their own tongue being against them:|
All that see them shall wag 4 the head.
| ||And all men shall fear;|
And they shall declare the work of God,
And shall wisely consider of his doing.
| ||The righteous shall be glad in Jehovah, and shall take refuge in him;|
And all the upright in heart shall glory.