To the chief Musician on *Neginoth, †Maschil, A Psalm of David.
1 *aGive ear to my bprayer, O God;
And hide not thyself from my bsupplication.
2 aAttend unto me, and chear me:
I mourn in my dcomplaint, and emake a noise;
3 Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked:
For fthey cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.
4 My heart is sore pained within me:
And gthe terrors of death are fallen upon me.
5 hFearfulness and htrembling are come upon me,
And ihorror hath †overwhelmed me.
6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove!
For then would I fly away, and be at rest.
7 Lo, then would I wander far off,
And remain in the wilderness. Selah.
From the windy storm and jtempest.
9 jjDestroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues:
For I have seen kviolence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof:
Mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.
11 lWickedness is in the midst thereof:
mDeceit and guile depart not from her streets.
12 For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it:
Neither was it he that hated me that did nmagnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him:
13 But it was thou, †a man mine equal,
My oguide, and mine pacquaintance.
14 †We took sweet qcounsel together,
And rwalked unto the house of God in qcompany.
And let them sgo down squick into ||hell:
For wickedness is in their tdwellings, and among them.
16 As for me, I will call upon God;
And the Lord shall save me.
17 uEvening, and morning, and wat noon, will I xpray, and xcry aloud:
And he shall hear my voice.
18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me:
For there were ymany zwith me.
19 God shall hear, and afflict them,
Even he that abideth aof old. Selah.
||Because they have no bchanges,
Therefore they fear not God.
20 He hath put forth his hands against csuch as be at peace with him:
†He hath broken his covenant.
21 dThe words of his mouth ewere smoother than butter, but war was in his heart:
eHis words were softer than oil, efyet were they drawn swords.
22 gCast thy ||burden upon the Lord, and he shall hsustain thee:
He shall never suffer the righteous ito be moved.
23 But thou, O God, jshalt bring them down into kthe pit of destruction:
†Bloody and deceitful men †lshall not live out half their days;
But mI will trust in thee.
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