Hear my prayer, O God :
and do not hide yourself from my petition.
Give heed to me, and answer me :
I am restless in my complaining.
I am in turmoil at the voice of the enemy :
at the onslaught of the wicked.
For they bring down disaster upon me :
they persecute me with bitter fury.
My heart writhes within me :
and the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Fear and trembling come upon me :
and horror overwhelms me.
And I said O for the wings of a dove :
that I might fly away and find rest.
Then I would flee far off :
and make my lodging in the wilderness.
I would hasten to find me a refuge :
out of the blast of slander,
Out of the tempest of their calumny, O Lord :
and far from their double tongues.
For I have seen violence and strife in the city :
day and night they go round it upon its walls.
Evil and wickedness are within it :
iniquity is within it, oppression and fraud
do not depart from its streets.
It was not an enemy that reviled me,
or I might have borne it :
it was not my foe that dealt so insolently with me,
or I might have hidden myself from him;
But it was you, a man like myself :
my companion and my familiar friend.
Together we enjoyed sweet fellowship :
in the house of our God.
[Let them pass away in confusion :
let death carry them to destruction;
Let them go down alive to Sheol :
for evil is among them in their dwellings.]
But I will call to God :
and the Lord my God will save me.
At evening, at morning, and at noon-day :
I complain and groan aloud.
And he will hear my voice :
and ransom my soul in peace,
From those that bear down upon me :
for there are many against me.
God will hear and bring them low :
he that is enthroned for ever.
For they do not keep their word :
and they have no fear of God.
They lay violent hands on those that are at peace with them :
they break solemn covenants.
Their mouths are smooth as butter, but war is in their hearts :
their words are softer than oil, yet they are drawn swords.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you :
he will never suffer the righteous man to stumble.
But as for them, you will bring them down, O God :
even to the depths of the Pit.
Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days :
but I will trust in you.