Psalm 64
Contemporary English Version

(A psalm by David for the music leader.)

Celebrate because of the Lord

1Listen to my concerns, God,

and protect me

from my enemies' threats.

2Keep me safe from secret plots

of corrupt and evil gangs.

3Their words cut like swords,

and their cruel remarks

sting like sharp arrows.

4They fearlessly ambush

and shoot innocent people.

5They are determined to do evil,

and they tell themselves,

“Let's set traps!

No one can see us.”+

6They make evil plans and say,

“We'll commit a perfect crime.

No one knows our thoughts.”+

7But God will shoot his arrows

and quickly wound them.

8They will be destroyed

by their own words,

and everyone who sees them

will tremble with fear.+

9They will be afraid and say,

“Look at what God has done

and keep it all in mind.”

10May the Lord bless his people

with peace and happiness

and let them celebrate.


64.5 us: One ancient translation; Hebrew “them.”
64.6 thoughts: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 6.
64.8 tremble with fear: Or “turn and run.”

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