64:2 Hide me from the plots of evil men,
from the crowd of evildoers. 1
they aim their arrow, a slanderous charge, 3
They shoot at him suddenly and are unafraid of retaliation. 5
They plan how to hide 7 snares,
1 tn Heb “workers of wickedness.”
2 tn Heb “who.” A new sentence was started here in the translation for stylistic reasons.
3 tn Heb “a bitter word.”
4 tn The psalmist uses the singular because he is referring to himself here as representative of a larger group.
5 tn Heb “and are unafraid.” The words “of retaliation” are supplied in the translation for clarification.
6 tn Heb “they give strength to themselves, an evil matter [or “word”].”
7 tn Heb “they report about hiding.”
8 tn Heb “they say.”
9 tn If this is a direct quotation (cf. NASB, NIV), the pronoun “them” refers to the snares mentioned in the previous line. If it is an indirect quotation, then the pronoun may refer to the enemies themselves (cf. NEB, which is ambiguous). Some translations retain the direct quotation but alter the pronoun to “us,” referring clearly to the enemies (cf. NRSV).