Psalm 64 New International Version

A Prayer for Protection from Hidden Enemies

64 1  [1]Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy. 2  Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from the plots of evildoers. 3  They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows. 4  They shoot from ambush at the innocent; they shoot suddenly, without fear. 5  They encourage each other in evil plans, they talk about hiding their snares; they say, "Who will see it[2] ?" 6  They plot injustice and say, "We have devised a perfect plan!" Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.

7  But God will shoot them with his arrows; they will suddenly be struck down. 8  He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin; all who see them will shake their heads in scorn. 9  All people will fear; they will proclaim the works of God and ponder what he has done. 10  The righteous will rejoice in the Lordand take refuge in him; all the upright in heart will glory in him!


[1] 64:1 In Hebrew texts 64:1-10 is numbered 64:2-11.

[2] 64:5 Or "us"

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