Prayer for Protection from Enemies
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
preserve my life from dread of the enemy,
2 hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
from the scheming of evildoers,
3 who whet their tongues like swords,
who aim bitter words like arrows,
4 shooting from ambush at the blameless,
shooting at him suddenly and without fear.
5 They hold fast to their evil purpose;
they talk of laying snares secretly,
thinking, “Who can see us?[a]
6 Who can search out our crimes?[b]
We have thought out a cunningly conceived plot.”
For the inward mind and heart of a man are deep!
they will be wounded suddenly.
8 Because of their tongue he will bring them to ruin;[c]
all who see them will wag their heads.
9 Then all men will fear;
they will tell what God has wrought,
and ponder what he has done.
and take refuge in him!
Let all the upright in heart glory!
- Psalm 64:5 Syr: Heb them
- Psalm 64:6 Cn: Heb they search out crimes
- Psalm 64:8 Cn: Heb They will bring him to ruin, their tongue being against them