For the choir director: A psalm* of David, to be accompanied by stringed instruments.
Do not ignore my cry for help!
for I am overwhelmed by my troubles.
making loud and wicked threats.
They bring trouble on me
and angrily hunt me down.
The terror of death assaults me.
and I can’t stop shaking.
then I would fly away and rest!
to the quiet of the wilderness.
far from this wild storm of hatred.
for I see violence and conflict in the city.
but the real danger is wickedness within the city.
threats and cheating are rampant in the streets.
I could bear that.
It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me—
I could have hidden from them.
my companion and close friend.
as we walked together to the house of God.
let the grave* swallow them alive,
for evil makes its home within them.
and the Lord will rescue me.
I cry out in my distress,
and the Lord hears my voice.
from the battle waged against me,
though many still oppose me.
will hear me and humble them.
For my enemies refuse to change their ways;
they do not fear God.
he broke his promises.
but in his heart is war.
His words are as soothing as lotion,
but underneath are daggers!
and he will take care of you.
He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
down to the pit of destruction.
Murderers and liars will die young,
but I am trusting you to save me.
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