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Psalms 64:1-4

Psalm 64 1 

For the music director; a psalm of David.

64:1 Listen to me, 2  O God, as I offer my lament!

Protect 3  my life from the enemy’s terrifying attacks. 4 

64:2 Hide me from the plots of evil men,

from the crowd of evildoers. 5 

64:3 They 6  sharpen their tongues like a sword;

they aim their arrow, a slanderous charge, 7 

64:4 in order to shoot down the innocent 8  in secluded places.

They shoot at him suddenly and are unafraid of retaliation. 9 

1 sn Psalm 64. The psalmist asks God to protect him from his dangerous enemies and then confidently affirms that God will destroy his enemies and demonstrate his justice in the sight of all observers.

2 tn Heb “my voice.”

3 tn The imperfect verbal form is used here to express the psalmist’s request.

4 tn Heb “from the terror of [the] enemy.” “Terror” is used here metonymically for the enemy’s attacks that produce fear because they threaten the psalmist’s life.

5 tn Heb “workers of wickedness.”

6 tn Heb “who.” A new sentence was started here in the translation for stylistic reasons.

7 tn Heb “a bitter word.”

8 tn The psalmist uses the singular because he is referring to himself here as representative of a larger group.

9 tn Heb “and are unafraid.” The words “of retaliation” are supplied in the translation for clarification.

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