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Psalm 64

Prayer for Protection from Enemies

To the leader. A Psalm of David.


Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;

preserve my life from the dread enemy.


Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,

from the scheming of evildoers,


who whet their tongues like swords,

who aim bitter words like arrows,


shooting from ambush at the blameless;

they shoot suddenly and without fear.


They hold fast to their evil purpose;

they talk of laying snares secretly,

thinking, “Who can see us?


Who can search out our crimes?

We have thought out a cunningly conceived plot.”

For the human heart and mind are deep.



But God will shoot his arrow at them;

they will be wounded suddenly.


Because of their tongue he will bring them to ruin;

all who see them will shake with horror.


Then everyone will fear;

they will tell what God has brought about,

and ponder what he has done.



Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord

and take refuge in him.

Let all the upright in heart glory.

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Ps 64:1-10. A prayer for deliverance from cunning and malicious enemies, with a confident view of their overthrow, which will honor God and give joy to the righteous.

1. preserve … fear—as well as the danger producing it.

2. insurrection—literally, "uproar," noisy assaults, as well as their secret counsels.

3, 4. Similar figures for slander (Ps 57:4; 59:7).

bend—literally, "tread," or, "prepared." The allusion is to the mode of bending a bow by treading on it; here, and in Ps 58:7, transferred to arrows.

4. the perfect—one innocent of the charges made (Ps 18:23).

fear not—(Ps 55:19), not regarding God.

5. A sentiment here more fully presented, by depicting their deliberate malice.

6. This is further evinced by their diligent efforts and deeply laid schemes.

7. The contrast is heightened by representing God as using weapons like theirs.

8. their … tongue to fall, &c.—that is, the consequences of their slanders, &c. (compare Ps 10:2; 31:16).

all that see … away—Their partners in evil shall be terrified.

9, 10. Men, generally, will acknowledge God's work, and the righteous, rejoicing in it, shall be encouraged to trust Him (Ps 58:10).