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Psalms 64

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 Hear me, O God, as I voice my complaint;
     protect my life from the threat of the enemy.
2 Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,
     from that noisy crowd of evildoers.
3 They sharpen their tongues like swords
     and aim their words like deadly arrows.
4 They shoot from ambush at the innocent man;
     they shoot at him suddenly, without fear.
5 They encourage each other in evil plans,
     they talk about hiding their snares;
     they say, "Who will see them(1)?"
6 They plot injustice and say,
     "We have devised a perfect plan!"
     Surely the mind and heart of man are cunning.
7 But God will shoot them with arrows;
     suddenly they will be struck down.
8 He will turn their own tongues against them
     and bring them to ruin;
     all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.
9 All mankind will fear;
     they will proclaim the works of God
     and ponder what he has done.
10 Let the righteous rejoice in the LORD and take refuge in him; let all the upright in heart praise him!

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