Prayer for Protection from Secret Enemies.
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
1Hear my voice, O God, in my #Or concern.complaint;
Guard my life from the terror of the enemy.
2Hide me from the secret counsel and conspiracy of the ungodly,
From the scheming of those who do wrong,
3Who have sharpened their tongues like a sword.
They aim venomous words as arrows,
4To shoot from ambush at the blameless [one];
Suddenly they shoot at him, without fear.
5They encourage themselves in [their pursuit of] an evil agenda;
They talk of laying snares secretly;
They say, “Who will discover us?”
6They devise acts of injustice, saying,
“We are ready with a well-conceived plan.”
For the inward thought and the heart of a man are deep (mysterious, unsearchable).
7But God will shoot them with an [unexpected] arrow;
Suddenly they will be wounded.
8So they will be caused to stumble;
Their own tongue is against them;
All who gaze at them will shake the head [in scorn].
9Then all men will fear [God’s judgment];
They will declare the work of God,
And they will consider and wisely acknowledge what He has done.
10The righteous will rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in Him;
All the upright in heart will glory and offer praise.