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Song of the Steadfast

For the Pure and Shining One by King David

The Advice to Flee

11 My faith shelters my soul continually in Yahweh.
    Why would you say to me:
    Run away while you can!
    Fly away like a bird to hide in the mountains for safety.
For your enemies have prepared a trap for you!
    Can’t you see them hiding
    in their place of darkness and shadows?
    They’re set against all those who live upright lives.
What can the righteous accomplish
    when truth’s pillars are destroyed and law and order collapse?”

The Answer of Faith

Yet Yahweh is never shaken[a]
    he is still found in his temple of holiness,
    reigning as King Yahweh over all.
    He closely watches and examines everything man does.
    With a glance, his eyes[b] examine every heart,
    for his heavenly rule will prevail over all.
Yahweh tests both the righteous and the wicked.
    God’s very soul detests lovers of violence.
He will[c] rain down upon them judgment for their sins.
    A scorching wind will be their lot in life.
But remember this: Yahweh is the Righteous One who loves
    justice, and every godly one
    will gaze upon his face!

Footnotes

  1. 11:4 This is an implied contrast made explicit from the text. This psalm shows the contrast between what can be shaken and what is unshakable.
  2. 11:4 The actual Hebrew is “his eyelids.” Some see the “eyelid” as the lid of the ark of the covenant, which was the mercy seat.
  3. 11:6 Or “May he.”

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