For the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. Maschil of David.
1Give ear to my prayer, O God;
And hide not thyself from my supplication.
2Attend unto me, and answer me:
I am restless in my complaint, and moan,
3Because of the voice of the enemy,
Because of the oppression of the wicked;
For they cast iniquity upon me,
And in anger they persecute me.
4My heart is sore pained within me:
And the terrors of death are fallen upon me.
5Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me,
And horror hath overwhelmed me.
6And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove!
Then would I fly away, and be at rest.
7Lo, then would I wander far off,
I would lodge in the wilderness. [Selah
8I would haste me to a shelter
From the stormy wind and tempest.
9Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongue;
For I have seen violence and strife in the city.
10Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof:
Iniquity also and mischief are in the midst of it.
11Wickedness is in the midst thereof:
Oppression and guile depart not from its streets.
12For it was not an enemy that reproached me;
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:
13But it was thou, a man mine equal,
My companion, and my familiar friend.
14We took sweet counsel together;
We walked in the house of God with the throng.
15Let death come suddenly upon them,
Let them go down alive into Sheol;
For wickedness is in their dwelling, in the midst of them.
16As for me, I will call upon God;
And Jehovah will save me.
17Evening, and morning, and at noonday, will I complain, and moan;
And he will hear my voice.
18He hath redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me;
For they were many that strove with me.
19God will hear, and answer them,
Even he that abideth of old, [Selah
The men who have no changes,
And who fear not God.
20He hath put forth his hands against such as were at peace with him:
He hath profaned his covenant.
21His mouth was smooth as butter,
But his heart was war:
His words were softer than oil,
Yet were they drawn swords.
22Cast thy burden upon Jehovah, and he will sustain thee:
He will never suffer the righteous to be moved.
23But thou, O God, wilt bring them down into the pit of destruction:
Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days;
But I will trust in thee.