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Psalm 11 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Song of the Steadfast

11 For the Pure and Shining One, by King David
1–2 Lord, don’t you hear
what my well-meaning friends keep saying 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!
They plan to destroy you with their slander and deceitful lies.
Can’t you see them hiding
in their place of darkness and shadows?
They’re set against you and all those who live upright lives.”
But don’t they know, Lord,
that I have made you my only hiding place?
Don’t they know that I always trust in you?
What can the righteous accomplish
when truth’s pillars are destroyed and law and order collapse?
Yet the Eternal One is never shaken[a]
he is still found in his temple of holiness,
reigning as Lord and King over all.
He is closely watching everything that happens.
And with a glance, his eyes examine every heart.[b]
For his heavenly rule will prevail over all.
He will test both the righteous and the wicked,
exposing each heart.
God’s very soul detests those who love to resort to violence.
He will rain down upon them judgment for their sins.
A scorching wind will be their portion and lot in life.
But remember this: the Righteous Lord loves
what is right and just, and every godly one
will come into his presence and gaze upon his face!


  1. Psalm 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. Psalm 11:4 The actual Hebrew is “his eyelids.” Some see the “eyelid” as the lid of the ark of covenant, which was the mercy seat.
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Psalm 11 The Voice (VOICE)

Psalm 11

For the worship leader. A song of David.

Psalm 11 is a Davidic psalm expressing trust in the Eternal as a refuge and fortress for those who do what is right. David spent many years struggling first with Saul, then with the neighboring nations, and finally against the rebellion led by his son Absalom.

I am already in the soft embrace of the Eternal,
    so why do you beckon me to leave, saying,
    “Fly like a bird to the mountains.
Look! The wicked approach with bows bent,
    sneaking around in the shadows,
    setting their arrows against their bowstrings to pierce everyone whose heart is pure.
If the foundations are crumbling,
    is there hope for the righteous?”

But the Eternal has not moved; He remains in His holy temple.
    He sits squarely on His heavenly throne.
    He observes the sons of Adam and daughters of Eve, examining us within and without,
    exploring every fiber of our beings.
The Eternal searches the hearts of those who are good,
    but He despises all those who can’t get enough of perversion and violence.
If you are evil, He will rain hot lava over your head,
    will fill your cup with burning wind and liquid fire to scorch your insides.

The Eternal is right in all His ways;
    He cherishes all that is upright.
Those who do what is right in His eyes will see His face.

The Voice (VOICE)

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Psalm 11 Living Bible (TLB)

11 How dare you tell me, “Flee[a] to the mountains for safety,” when I am trusting in the Lord?

For the wicked have strung their bows, drawn their arrows tight against the bowstrings, and aimed from ambush at the people of God. “Law and order have collapsed,”[b] we are told. “What can the righteous do but flee?”

But the Lord is still in his holy temple; he still rules from heaven. He closely watches everything that happens here on earth. He puts the righteous and the wicked to the test; he hates those loving violence. He will rain down fire and brimstone on the wicked and scorch them with his burning wind.

For God is good, and he loves goodness; the godly shall see his face.[c]


  1. Psalm 11:1 Flee, literally, “Flee as a bird.”
  2. Psalm 11:3 Law and order have collapsed, literally, “If the foundations have been torn down.”
  3. Psalm 11:7 the godly shall see his face, or “his face shines down in mercy and joy upon the good.”
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Psalm 11 Good News Translation (GNT)

Confidence in the Lord[a]

11 I trust in the Lord for safety.
    How foolish of you to say to me,
“Fly away like a bird to the mountains,[b]
    because the wicked have drawn their bows and aimed their arrows
    to shoot from the shadows at good people.
There is nothing a good person can do
    when everything falls apart.”

The Lord is in his holy temple;
    he has his throne in heaven.
He watches people everywhere
    and knows what they are doing.
He examines the good and the wicked alike;
    the lawless he hates with all his heart.

He sends down flaming coals[c] and burning sulfur on the wicked;
    he punishes them with scorching winds.
The Lord is righteous and loves good deeds;
    those who do them will live in his presence.


  1. Psalm 11:1 HEBREW TITLE: By David.
  2. Psalm 11:1 Some ancient translations like a bird to the mountains; Hebrew bird, to your (plural) mountain.
  3. Psalm 11:6 One ancient translation coals; Hebrew traps.
Good News Translation (GNT)

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