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And hide not thyself from my supplication.
I am restless in my complaint, and moan,
Because of the oppression of the wicked;
For they cast iniquity upon me,
And in anger they persecute me.
And the terrors of death are fallen upon me.
And horror hath overwhelmed me.
Then would I fly away, and be at rest.
I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah
From the stormy wind and tempest.
For I have seen violence and strife in the city.
Iniquity also and mischief are in the midst of it.
Oppression and guile depart not from its streets.
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:
My companion, and my familiar friend.
We walked in the house of God with the throng.
Let them go down alive into Sheol;
For wickedness is in their dwelling, in the midst of them.
And Jehovah will save me.
And he will hear my voice.
For they were many that strove with me.
Even he that abideth of old, Selah
The men who have no changes,
And who fear not God.
He hath profaned his covenant.
But his heart was war:
His words were softer than oil,
Yet were they drawn swords.
He will never suffer the righteous to be moved.
Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days;
But I will trust in thee.
About American Standard Version
The ASV has long been regarded by many scholars as the most literal English translation since the King James Version—maybe the most literal translation ever. This has made the translation very popular for careful English Bible study, but not for ease of reading. While the KJV was translated entirely from “western manuscripts,” the ASV 1901 was influenced also by the older “eastern manuscripts” that form the basis for most of our modern English translations. Because the ASV 1901 is very difficult to find in print, Logos is pleased to be able to preserve and distribute this significant work. This is an excellent choice for comparative English study.