Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation;
Preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
From the rebellion of the workers of iniquity,
Who sharpen their tongue like a sword,
a And bend their bows to shoot their arrows - bitter words,
That they may shoot in secret at the blameless;
Suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear.
They encourage themselves in an evil matter;
They talk of laying snares secretly;
b They say, "Who will see them?"
They devise iniquities:
"We have perfected a shrewd scheme."
Both the inward thought and the heart of man are deep.
But God shall shoot at them with an arrow;
Suddenly they shall be wounded.
So He will make them stumble over their own tongue;
c All who see them shall flee away.
All men shall fear,
And shall d declare the work of God;
For they shall wisely consider His doing.
e The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and trust in Him.
And all the upright in heart shall glory.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Let them flow away as waters which run continually; When he bends his bow, Let his arrows be as if cut in pieces.
He has said in his heart, "God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see.
Indeed, they belch with their mouth; Swords are in their lips; For they say, "Who hears?
I am a reproach among all my enemies, But especially among my neighbors, And am repulsive to my acquaintances; Those who see me outside flee from me.
The voice of those who flee and escape from the land of Babylon Declares in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, The vengeance of His temple.
The LORD has revealed our righteousness. Come and let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God.
The righteous see it and are glad, And the innocent laugh at them:
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!