You who practice deceit,(A)
    your tongue plots destruction;(B)
    it is like a sharpened razor.(C)

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Hide me from the conspiracy(A) of the wicked,(B)
    from the plots of evildoers.
They sharpen their tongues like swords(C)
    and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.(D)
They shoot from ambush at the innocent;(E)
    they shoot suddenly, without fear.(F)

They encourage each other in evil plans,
    they talk about hiding their snares;(G)
    they say, “Who will see it[a]?”(H)
They plot injustice and say,
    “We have devised a perfect plan!”
    Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.

But God will shoot them with his arrows;
    they will suddenly be struck down.
He will turn their own tongues against them(I)
    and bring them to ruin;
    all who see them will shake their heads(J) in scorn.(K)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 64:5 Or us

“They make ready their tongue
    like a bow, to shoot lies;(A)
it is not by truth
    that they triumph[a] in the land.
They go from one sin to another;
    they do not acknowledge(B) me,”
declares the Lord.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 9:3 Or lies; / they are not valiant for truth

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