Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked :
from the throng of evildoers,
Who sharpen their tongues like swords :
who string the bow, who take arrows of bitter words,
To shoot from hiding at the blameless man :
to strike at him suddenly and unseen.
They are confirmed in an evil purpose :
they confide it to one another while they lay the snares,
saying Who will see them?
They hatch mischief, they hide a well-considered plan :
for the mind and heart of man is very deep.
But God will shoot at them with his swift arrows :
they shall be suddenly struck through.
The Lord will bring them down for what their tongues have spoken :
and all that see it shall toss their heads in scorn.
Then all men shall fear :
and tell what the Lord has done, and ponder his works.
The righteous man shall rejoice in the Lord,
and find in him his refuge :
and all the upright in heart shall exult.
The Liturgical Psalter is © 1976, 1977, David L Frost, John A Emerton, Andrew A Macintosh.
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10 February 2011