David prays for protection from those who conspire to do evil. He asks God to judge them and bring them to ruin.
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.
VERSE 1. Hear my voice, God, in my complaint. Preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
Hear … my complaint. David does not hesitate to complain to God.
VERSE 2. Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from the noisy crowd of the ones doing evil;
the conspiracy of the wicked. They have conspired against David.
the noisy crowd of the ones doing evil. Many, many people are living a life of evil.
VERSE 3. who sharpen their tongue like a sword, and aim their arrows, deadly words,
VERSE 4. to shoot innocent men from ambushes. They shoot at him suddenly and fearlessly.
They shoot at him suddenly. Their slanderous attacks come suddenly like an ambush.
VERSE 5. They encourage themselves in evil plans. They talk about laying snares secretly. They say, “Who will see them?”
VERSE 6. They plot injustice, saying, “We have made a perfect plan!” Surely man’s mind and heart are cunning.
VERSE 7. But God will shoot at them. They will be suddenly struck down with an arrow.
VERSE 8. Their own tongues shall ruin them. All who see them will shake their heads.
Their own tongues shall ruin them. By their own words they will be destroyed.
VERSE 9. All mankind shall be afraid. They shall declare the work of God, and shall wisely ponder what he has done.
VERSE 10. The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall take refuge in him. All the upright in heart shall praise him!
take refuge in him. The righteous will fly to the LORD for refuge.
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