28:1 To you, O Lord, I cry out!
If you do not respond to me, 4
28:2 Hear my plea for mercy when I cry out to you for help,
28:3 Do not drag me away with evil men,
with those who behave wickedly, 9
who talk so friendly to their neighbors, 10
while they plan to harm them! 11
3 tn Heb “do not be deaf from me.”
4 tn Heb “lest [if] you are silent from me.”
5 tn Heb “I will be equal with.”
6 tn Heb “the pit.” The noun בּוֹר (bor, “pit, cistern”) is sometimes used of the grave and/or the realm of the dead.
7 sn I lift my hands. Lifting one’s hands toward God was a gesture of prayer.
8 tn The Hebrew term דְּבִיר (dÿvir, “temple”) actually refers to the most holy place within the sanctuary.
9 tn Heb “workers of wickedness.”
10 tn Heb “speakers of peace with their neighbors.”
11 tn Heb “and evil [is] in their heart[s].”