PSALM 64#A lament of a person overwhelmed by the malice of the wicked who are depicted in the Psalms as the enemies of the righteous (Ps 64:2–7). When people see God bringing upon the wicked the evil they intended against others, they will know who is the true ruler of the world (Ps 64:8–10). The final verse is a vow of praise (Ps 64:11).
Treacherous Conspirators Punished by God
1For the leader. A psalm of David.
2O God, hear my anguished voice;
from a dreadful foe protect my life.
3Hide me from the malicious crowd,
the mob of evildoers.
4They sharpen their tongues like swords,
bend their bows of poison words.#a. [64:4] Ps 11:2; 37:14; 55:22; 57:5.
5They shoot at the innocent from ambush,
they shoot him in a moment and do not fear.
6They resolve on their wicked plan;
they conspire to set snares;
they say: “Who will see us?”
7They devise wicked schemes,
conceal the schemes they devise;
the designs of their hearts are hidden.#b. [64:7] Ps 140:3; Prv 6:14.
8God shoots an arrow at them;
in a moment they are struck down.#c. [64:8] Ps 7:13–14; 38:3; Dt 32:42.
9They are brought down by their own tongues;
all who see them flee.#d. [64:9] Ps 5:11; 44:14; 52:6.
10Every person fears and proclaims God’s actions,
they ponder his deeds.
11The righteous rejoices and takes refuge in the Lord;
all the upright give praise.#e. [64:11] Ps 36:8; 57:2.