To the Overcomer on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David.
1¶ Give ear to my prayer, O God, and do not hide thyself from my supplication.
2Attend unto me and hear me: I mourn in my complaint and make a noise
3because of the voice of the enemy because of the oppression of the wicked; for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate 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 has overwhelmed me.
6And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then I would fly away and be at rest.
7Behold, then I would flee far away and dwell in the wilderness. Selah.
8I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.
9¶ Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues, for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
10Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof; iniquity also and sorrow are in the midst of it.
11Wickedness is in the midst thereof; deceit and guile depart not from her 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, who in my estimation was, my lord, and of my own family.
14We took sweet counsel together and walked unto the house of God in company.
15Let them be condemned unto death, and let them go down alive into Sheol for wickedness is in their dwellings and among them.
16¶ As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me.
17Evening and morning and at noon I will pray and cry aloud, and he shall hear my voice.
18He has ransomed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, for there were many against me.
19God shall hear and bring them down, even he that abides from of old. Selah. Because they do not change, nor do they fear God.
20He has put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him; he has defiled his covenant.
21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.
22Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee; he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
23But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of the grave; bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days, but I will trust in thee.