1 Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer:

preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

2 Hide me from the conspiracy of the

wicked, and from the rage of the works of


3 Which have whet their tongue like a sword,

and shot for their arrows bitter words:

4 To shoot at the upright in secret: they shoot

at him suddenly and fear not.

5 They encourage themselves in a wicked purpose:

they commune together to lay snares privily, and say,

Who shall see them?

6 They have sought out iniquities, and have accomplished

that which they sought out, even everyone

his secret thoughts, and the depth of his heart.

7 But God will shoot an arrow at them suddenly:

their strokes shall be at once.

8 They shall cause their own tongue to fall upon

them: and whosoever shall see them, shall flee


9 And all men shall see it, and declare the work

of God, and they shall understand, what he hath


10 But the righteous shall be glad in the Lord,

and trust in him: and all that are upright of heart,

shall rejoice.

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