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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 L ord

and take refuge in him.

Let all the upright in heart glory.

9 And all men shall see, and shall declare the work of God. He insists more fully upon the good effects which would result from the judgment executed in leading such as had formerly overlooked a Divine Providence altogether, to catch a spirit of inquiry from the singularity of the spectacle; and acquaint themselves with, and speak one to another of a subject hitherto entirely new to them. He intimates, that the knowledge of what God had so signally wrought would extend far and wide — for he says, all men, etc. The Hebrew verb שכל, shachal, employed, admits either of the neuter signification, they shall understand, or of the active, they shall cause others to understand. But as it is usual with David to repeat the same thing twice, perhaps the latter or transitive sense is preferable. Another desirable consequence which would flow from the deliverance granted is mentioned in the last verse, that it would afford matter of joy, hope, and holy triumph to the saints, who would be confirmed in expecting the same help from God which he had extended to his servant David. Those formerly called the righteous are now styled the upright in heart, to teach us, that the only righteousness which proves acceptable is that which proceeds from inward sincerity. This truth I have insisted upon at large elsewhere.

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