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Victory over Evildoers

For the Pure and Shining One

King David’s song

64 1–2 Lord, can’t you hear my cry, my bitter complaint?
    Keep me safe from this band of criminals and
    from the conspiracy of these wicked men.
    They gather in their secret counsel to destroy me.
3–4 Can’t you hear their slander, their lies?
    Their words are like poison-tipped arrows
    shot from the shadows.
    They are unafraid and have no fear of consequences.
They persist with their evil plans
    and plot together to hide their traps.
    They boast, “No one can see us or stop us!”
They search out opportunities to pervert justice
    as they plan the “perfect crime.”
    How unsearchable is their endless evil!
    They try desperately to hide the deep darkness of their hearts.[a]
But all the while God has his own fire-tipped arrows!
    Suddenly, without warning,
    they will be pierced and struck down.
Staggering backward, they will be destroyed
    by the very ones they spoke against.
    All who see this will view them with scorn.
Then all will stand awestruck over what God has done,
    seeing how he vindicated the victims of these crimes.
10 The lovers of God will be glad, rejoicing in the Lord.
    They will be found in his glorious wraparound presence,
    singing songs of praise to God!


  1. 64:6 Scholars are unanimous in agreement that the meaning of the Hebrew text of this verse is uncertain.