To the chief Musician. Neginoth. Maschil. A Psalm of David
1 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not Yourself from my supplication.
2 Give attention to me, and hear me; I am restless in my meditation, and murmur;
3 because of the voice of the enemy, from the oppression of the wicked; for they drop
down trouble upon me, and in wrath they hate me.
4 My heart writhes within me; and the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
5 Fear and trembling have come upon me, and horror overwhelms me.
6 And I said, Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.
7 Lo, I would wander far off; I would abide in the wilderness. Selah.
8 I would hasten my escape from the rushing wind and tempest.
9 Swallow up, O Lord, and divide their tongues; for I have seen violence and strife in
10 Day and night they go around upon its walls; wickedness and trouble are also in its
11 Lust is in its midst; oppression and guile do not depart from its streets.
12 For it is not an enemy who reproaches me, then I could bear it. It is not one who hates
me who magnified himself against me, or I would hide myself from him;
13 but it is you, a man my equal, my friend and acquaintance.
14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked to the house of God in the throng.
15 Let death seize them, and let them go down alive into Sheol; for evil is among them
and in their dwellings.
16 As for me, I will call upon God, and Jehovah will deliver me.
17 Evening and morning and at noon I meditate and am in a stir; and He will hear my
18 He has delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me; for there were
many against me.
19 The Mighty God will hear and testify to them, even He who abides from of old.
Selah. Because they do not change, therefore they do not fear God.
20 He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him; he has broken
21 His flattery has been with forked tongue, and war was in his heart; his words were
softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.
22 Cast your burden upon Jehovah, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the
righteous to totter.
23 But You, O God, will bring them down into the pit of destruction; bloody and
deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in You.