A Plea for Divine Retribution
For the music director. A psalm of David.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
1Hear my voice, O God, in my lamenting.
Preserve my life from the fear of the enemy.
2Hide me from the secret plots#Hebrew “plot” of evildoers,
from the unrest of those who do iniquity,
3who sharpen their tongue like a sword.
They bend their bow to shoot their arrows—bitter words,
4to shoot from#Hebrew “in” their#Hebrew “the” hiding places at the blameless.
Suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear.
5They encourage themselves in the evil matter.
They talk of secretly laying snares.
They say, “Who will see them?”
6They carefully plot#Literally “They search out” injustices saying,
“We have perfected the perfect plot!”#Literally “a plotted plot”
Both the inner thought#Literally “inward part” and heart of a man are deep.
7But God will shoot them;
with an arrow they will suddenly be wounded.
8#The Hebrew of this verse is very difficult And they who would cause him#That is, the psalmist to stumble,
their own tongue will be against them.
All who gaze on them will shake.#Perhaps a shaking of the head; a similar Hebrew form could be translated “will flee”
9And then#Hebrew “and” all men#Hebrew “man” will fear,
and will declare the working of God,
and will understand his doing.
10The righteous will rejoice in Yahweh and take refuge in him,
and all the upright in heart will boast.