13 For it was not an open enemy that reviled me,
for then I could have borne it;
14 Nor was it my adversary that puffed himself up against me,
for then I would have hid myself from him.
15 But it was even you, one like myself,
my companion and my own familiar friend.
16 We took sweet counsel together
and walked with the multitude in the house of God.
17 Let death come suddenly upon them;
let them go down alive to the Pit;
for wickedness inhabits their dwellings, their very hearts.
18 As for me, I will call upon God
and the Lord will deliver me.
19 In the evening and morning and at noonday
I will pray and make my supplication,
and he shall hear my voice.
20 He shall redeem my soul in peace
from the battle waged against me,
for many have come upon me.
21 God, who is enthroned of old,
will hear and bring them down;
they will not repent, for they have no fear of God.
22 My companion stretched out his hands against his friend
and has broken his covenant;
23 His speech was softer than butter, though war was in his heart;
his words were smoother than oil, yet are they naked swords.
24 Cast your burden upon the Lord and he will sustain you,
and will not let the righteous fall for ever.
The Common Worship psalter is © The Archbishops Council of the Church of England, 2000.
Common Worship texts are available at http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/liturgy/commonworship/
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10 February 2011