Psalm 11
Contemporary English Version

(A psalm by David for the music leader.)

Trusting the Lord

1The Lord is my fortress!

Don't say to me,

“Escape like a bird

to the mountains!”

2You tell me, “Watch out!

Those evil people have put

their arrows on their bows,

and they are standing

in the shadows,

aiming at good people.

3What can an honest person do

when everything crumbles?”

4The Lord is sitting

in his sacred temple

on his throne in heaven.

He knows everything we do

because he sees us all.

5The Lord tests honest people,

but despises those

who are cruel

and love violence.

6He will send fiery coals+

and flaming sulfur

down on the wicked,

and they will drink nothing

but a scorching wind.

7The Lord always does right

and wants justice done.

Everyone who does right

will see his face.


11.6 fiery coals: Or “trouble, fire.”

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