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A Prayer Against Enemies

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

64 God, listen to my complaint.
    ·I am afraid of my enemies;
    protect my life from them [L Protect my life from the dread of my enemies].
Hide me from ·those who plan wicked things [L the secret plans/conspiracy of the wicked],
    from that ·gang [mob; restless group] who does evil [Prov. 1:8–19].
They sharpen their tongues like swords
    and ·shoot [aim] bitter words like arrows.
From their hiding places they shoot at ·innocent [blameless] people;
    they shoot suddenly and are not afraid.
They encourage each other to do wrong.
    They talk about setting traps,
    ·thinking [or saying] ·no one will [L who can…?] see them.
They plan wicked things and say,
    “We have a perfect plan.”
The ·mind [L insides and the heart/mind] of human beings is ·hard to understand [L deep].

But God will shoot them with arrows;
    they will suddenly be struck down.
Their own ·words [tongues] will ·be used against them [L make them stumble].
    All who see them will shake their heads [C in amazement at their downfall].
Then everyone will fear God [Prov. 1:7].
    They will tell what God has done,
    and they will ·learn from [reflect on] what he has done.
10 ·Good [Righteous] people will be happy in the Lord
    and will find ·protection [refuge] in him.
Let everyone who is ·honest [virtuous in heart] praise the Lord.

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