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To the Director: A Davidic Song.[a]

Confident Trust in God

11 I take refuge in the Lord.
    So how can you say to me,
        “Flee like a bird to the mountains.”?
Look, the wicked have bent their bow
    and placed their arrow[b] on the string,[c]
        to shoot from the darkness[d] at the upright in heart.
When the foundations are destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?

The Lord is in his holy Temple;
    the Lord’s throne is in the heavens.
His eyes see,
    his glance[e] examines humanity.[f]
The Lord examines the righteous,
    but the wicked and those who love violence, he hates.
He rains on the wicked burning coals and sulfur;
    a scorching wind is their destiny.[g]
Indeed, the Lord is righteous;
    he loves righteousness;
        the upright will see him face-to-face.


  1. Psalm 11:1 The Heb. lacks A song
  2. Psalm 11:2 So MT DSS 5/6HevPs; DSS 4QCatena A LXX read arrows
  3. Psalm 11:2 So MT; LXX reads arrows for the quiver
  4. Psalm 11:2 So MT DSS; LXX reads shoot on a moonless night
  5. Psalm 11:4 Lit. eyelids
  6. Psalm 11:4 Lit. examines the children of men
  7. Psalm 11:6 Lit. the portion of their cup