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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.

7 And God shall shoot an arrow at them The Psalmist now congratulates himself in the confident persuasion that his prayers have not been without effect, but already answered. Though there was no appearance of God’s approaching judgment, he declares that it would suddenly be executed; and in this he affords a remarkable proof of his faith. He saw the wicked hardening themselves in their prosperity, and presuming upon impunity from the divine connivance and forbearance; but instead of yielding to discouragement, he was borne up by the belief that God, according to his usual mode of procedure with the wicked, would visit them at an unexpected moment, when they were flattering themselves with having escaped, and indulging in extravagant confidence. It is a consideration which should comfort us, when subjected to long-continued trial, that God, in delaying to punish the ungodly, does so with the express design of afterwards inflicting judgments of a more condign description upon them, and when they shall say, “Peace and safety,” overwhelming them with sudden destruction, (Jeremiah 8:11 443443     In the French version the reference is changed to 1 Thessalonians 5:3. )

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