Psalm 64Amplified Bible (AMP)
Prayer for Protection from Secret Enemies.
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
64 Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;
Guard my life from the terror of the enemy.
Hide me from the secret counsel and conspiracy of the ungodly,
From the scheming of those who do wrong,
Who have sharpened their tongues like a sword.
They aim venomous words as arrows,
To shoot from ambush at the blameless [one];
Suddenly they shoot at him, without fear.
They encourage themselves in [their pursuit of] an evil agenda;
They talk of laying snares secretly;
They say, “Who will discover us?”
They devise acts of injustice, saying,
“We are ready with a well-conceived plan.”
For the inward thought and the heart of a man are deep (mysterious, unsearchable).
But God will shoot them with an [unexpected] arrow;
Suddenly they will be wounded.
So they will be caused to stumble;
Their own tongue is against them;
All who gaze at them will shake the head [in scorn].
Then all men will fear [God’s judgment];
They will declare the work of God,
And they will consider and wisely acknowledge what He has done.
The righteous will rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in Him;
All the upright in heart will glory and offer praise.
Psalm 64New International Version (NIV)
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
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?”
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 Lord
and take refuge in him;
all the upright in heart will glory in him!