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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book I
 
V
 
Prayer for Protection from the Wicked
 
 
For the Chief Musician; with the Nehiloth. 1 A Psalm of David.
 
 
[1]  GIVE ear to my words, O Jehovah,
Consider my meditation.
[2]  Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God;
For unto thee do I pray.
[3]  O Jehovah, in the morning shalt thou hear my voice;
In the morning will I order my prayer unto thee, and will keep watch.
[4]  For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness:
Evil 2 shall not sojourn with thee.
[5]  The 3 arrogant shall not stand in thy sight:
Thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
[6]  Thou wilt destroy them that speak lies:
Jehovah abhorreth the blood-thirsty and deceitful man.
[7]  But as for me, in the abundance of thy lovingkindness will I come into thy house:
In thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
[8]  Lead me, O Jehovah, in thy righteousness because of mine 4 enemies;
Make thy way straight 5 before my face.
[9]  For there is no faithfulness 6 in their mouth;
Their inward part is very 7 wickedness;
Their throat is an open sepulchre;
They of 8 latter with their tongue.
[10]  Hold them guilty, O God;
Let them fall by 9 their own counsels;
Thrust them out in the multitude of their transgressions;
For they have rebelled against thee.
[11]  But 10 let all those that take refuge in thee rejoice,
Let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them:
Let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
[12]  For thou wilt bless the righteous;
O Jehovah, thou wilt compass him with favor as with a shield.
 
Note 1. Or, wind instruments. [back]
Note 2. Or, The evil man. [back]
Note 3. Or, Fools. [back]
Note 4. Or, them that lie in wait for me. [back]
Note 5. Or, level. [back]
Note 6. Or, stedfastness. [back]
Note 7. Or, a yawning gulf. [back]
Note 8. Heb. make smooth their tongue. [back]
Note 9. Or, from their counsels. [back]
Note 10. Or, So shall all those … rejoice, They shall ever shout … and thou shalt defend them: They also … shall be joyful in thee. [back]
 

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