To the director on stringed instruments. Mas′kil. Of David.
1Do give ear, O God, to my prayer;
And do not hide yourself from my request for favor.
2Do pay attention to me and answer me.
I am driven restlessly about by my concern,
And I cannot but show disquietude,
3Due to the voice of the enemy, because of the pressure of the wicked one.
For they keep dropping upon me what is hurtful,
And in anger they harbor animosity against me.
4My very heart is in severe pain within me,
And the frights of death itself have fallen upon me.
5Fear, yes, trembling itself enters into me,
And shuddering covers me.
6And I keep saying: “O that I had wings as a dove has!
I would fly away and reside.
9Confuse, O Jehovah, divide their tongue,
For I have seen violence and disputing in the city.
10Day and night they go round about it upon its walls;
And hurtfulness and trouble are within it.
11Adversities are within it;
And from its public square oppression and deception have not moved away.
12For it was not an enemy that proceeded to reproach me;
Otherwise I could put up with it.
It was not an intense hater of me that assumed great airs against me;
Otherwise I could conceal myself from him.
15Desolations [be] upon them!
Let them go down into She′ol alive;
For during their alien residence bad things have been within them.
16As for me, to God I shall call out;
And Jehovah himself will save me.
17Evening and morning and noontime I cannot but show concern and I moan,
And he hears my voice.
18He will certainly redeem [and put] my soul in peace from the fight that is against me,
For in multitudes they have come to be against me.
19God will hear and answer them,
Even He that is sitting [enthroned] as in the past—Se′lah—
Those with whom there are no changings
And who have not feared God.
20He has thrust out his hands against those at peace with him;
He has profaned his covenant.
21Smoother than butter are [the words of] his mouth,
But his heart is disposed to fight.
His words are softer than oil,
But they are drawn swords.
22Throw your burden upon Jehovah himself,
And he himself will sustain you.
Never will he allow the righteous one to totter.
23But you yourself, O God, will bring them down to the lowest pit.
As for bloodguilty and deceitful men, they will not live out half their days.
But as for me, I shall trust in you.