1 gGive ear to my prayer, O God,
and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!
because of the oppression of the wicked.
For they jdrop trouble upon me,
and in anger they bear a grudge against me.
kthe terrors of death have fallen upon me.
I would fly away and be at rest;
7 nyes, I would wander far away;
I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah
from othe raging wind and tempest.”
9 Destroy, O Lord, pdivide their tongues;
for I see qviolence and strife in the city.
on its walls,
and riniquity and trouble are within it;
soppression and fraud
do not depart from its marketplace.
then I could bear it;
it is not an adversary who tdeals insolently with me—
then I could hide from him.
13 uBut it is you, a man, my equal,
my companion, my familiar friend.
within God’s house we walked in vthe throng.
let them go down to Sheol walive;
for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.
and the Lord will save me.
I autter my complaint and moan,
and he hears my voice.
from the battle that I wage,
for bmany are arrayed against me.
he who is centhroned from of old, Selah
because they do not dchange
and do not fear God.
he violated his covenant.
yet war was in his heart;
his words were softer than oil,
yet they were hdrawn swords.
22 iCast your burden on the Lord,
and he will sustain you;
jhe will never permit
the righteous to be moved.
23 But you, O God, kwill cast them down
into lthe pit of destruction;
men of mblood and treachery
shall not nlive out half their days.
But I will otrust in you.