Add parallel Print Page Options

Confidence in Yahweh’s Righteousness

For the music director. Of David.[a]

11 In Yahweh I have taken refuge;
how can you say to my soul,
“Flee to your mountain like a bird”?
For look: The wicked string the bow.[b]
They have fitted their arrow to the string,
to shoot from the darkness
at the upright of heart.
When the foundations are destroyed
what can the righteous do?[c]
Yahweh is in his holy temple;
Yahweh is in the heavens on his throne.
His eyelids see;
they test the children of humankind.
Yahweh tests the righteous,
but the wicked and the lover of violence
his soul hates.
He will rain coals[d] on the wicked.
Burning sulfur and scorching wind
will be the portion of their cup.
For Yahweh is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds.
The upright shall see his face.


  1. Psalm 11:1 The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
  2. Psalm 11:2 Literally “tread the bow,” that is, placing the foot on the bow to bend and string it
  3. Psalm 11:3 Or “what has the righteous done”
  4. Psalm 11:6 According to Symmachus (compare also Targum Psalms) a form slightly different from the MT’s “snares”