Prayer for Deliverance from Secret Enemies.
For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
1 Hear my voice, O God, in my R1861 complaint; F602
Preserve R1862 my life from dread of the enemy.
2 Hide me from the secret R1863 counsel of evildoers,
From the tumult of those R1864 who do iniquity,
3 Who have R1865 sharpened their tongue like a sword.
They aimed R1866 bitter speech as their arrow,
4 To shoot R1867 from F603 concealment at the blameless;
Suddenly they shoot at him, and do R1868 not fear.
5 They hold F604 fast to themselves an evil purpose;
They talk F605 of laying R1869 snares secretly;
They say, "Who R1870 can see them?"
6 They devise F606 injustices, saying,
"We are ready F607 with a well-conceived plot";
For the inward R1871 F608 thought and the heart of a man are deep. F609
7 But God R1872 will F610 shoot at them with an arrow;
Suddenly they F611 will be wounded.
8 So they F612 will F613 make R1873 him stumble;
Their R1874 own tongue is against them;
All who see them will shake R1875 the head.
9 Then all men will F614 fear, R1876
And they will F615 declare R1877 the work of God,
And will F616 consider what F617 He has done.
10 The righteous man will be glad R1878 in the LORD and will take R1879 refuge in Him;
And all the upright in heart will glory.
F602: Or Make them wander
F603: Or The sin of their mouth is the word of their lips,
F604: Lit lying
F605: Lit Bring to an end
F606: Or is Ruler
F607: Or to devour
F608: Another reading is tarry all night
F609: Lit God of my lovingkindness
F610: Lit The lily of testimony
F611: Possibly, Epigrammatic Poem or Atonement Psalm
F612: 2+@Sam 8:3, 13; 1+@Chr 18:3, 12
F613: Or broken out upon us
F614: Or earth
F615: Lit caused Your people to see
F616: Lit wine of staggering
F617: Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
R1861: Psalms 55:2
R1862: Psalms 140:1
R1863: Psalms 56:6
R1864: Psalms 59:2
R1865: Psalms 140:3
R1866: Psalms 58:7
R1867: Psalms 10:8; 11:2
R1868: Psalms 55:19
R1869: Psalms 140:5
R1870: Job 1:22:13; Psalms 10:11
R1871: Psalms 49:11
R1872: Psalms 7:12,13
R1873: Psalms 9:3
R1874: Proverbs 12:13; 18:7
R1875: Psalms 22:7; 44:14; Jeremiah 18:16; 48:27; Lamentations 2:15
R1876: Psalms 40:3
R1877: Jeremiah 51:10
R1878: Job 1:22:19; Psalms 32:11
R1879: Psalms 11:1; 25:20