For the worship leader. A contemplative song[a] of David accompanied by strings.
1 Hear me, O God. Tune Your ear to my plea, and do not turn Your face from my prayer. 2 Give me Your attention. Answer these sighs of sorrow; my troubles have made me restless—I groan from anxiety 3 All because of my enemy! Because his voice speaks against me, his wickedness torments me! He casts down misfortune upon me; his anger flares; his grudges grow against me.
4 My heart seizes within my chest; I am in anguish! I am terrified my life could end on any breath. 5 I shiver and shudder in fear; I can’t stop because this horror is just too much. 6 I said, “If only my arms were wings like the dove’s! I would fly away from here and find rest— 7 Yes, I would venture far and weave a nest in the wilderness.
8 “I would rush to take refuge away from the violent storm and pounding winds.”
9 Throw them off, O Lord. Confuse their speech, and frustrate their plans, for violence and contention are building within the city. I can see it with my own eyes. 10 They plot day and night, scurrying the city walls like rats, trouble and evil lurking everywhere. 11 In the heart of the city, destruction awaits. Oppression and lies swarm the streets, and they will not take leave; no, they will not go.
12 If it were just an enemy sneering at me, I could take it. If it were just someone who has always hated me, treating me like dirt, I’d simply hide away. 13 But it is you! A man like me, my old friend, my companion. 14 We enjoyed sweet conversation, walking together in the house of God among the pressing crowds. 15 Let death sneak up on them, swallow them alive into the pit of death. Why? Because evil stirs in their homes; evil is all around them. 16 But I, I shall call upon God, and by His word, the Eternal shall save me. 17 Evening, morning, and noon I will plead; I will grumble and moan before Him until He hears my voice. 18 And He will rescue my soul, untouched, plucked safely from the battle, despite the many who are warring against me. 19 God, enthroned from ancient times through eternity, will hear my prayers and strike them down.
For they have refused change; they supply their every need and have no fear of God.
20 My friend has become a foe, breaking faith, tearing down peace. He’s betrayed our covenant. 21 Oh, how his pleasant voice is smoother than butter, while his heart is enchanted by war. Oh, how his words are smoother than oil, and yet each is a sword drawn in his hand.
22 Cast your troubles upon the Eternal; His care is unceasing! He will not allow His righteous to be shaken.
23 But You, O God, You will drive them into the lowest[c] pit— Violent, lying people won’t live beyond their middle years. But I place my trust in You.
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