| 1 ¶ <<To the chief
Musician, A Psalm of David.>> Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve
my life from fear of the enemy.
2 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:
|Prayer Literally, "concern" or as in the NIV below. Also ps05502.|
| 3 Who whet their tongue like
a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:
4 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
words Or "words of malice."
In secret Literally, "in hiding places" ps01008.
Perfect Hebrew tam also means "complete" or "right." See on Job 0101.
Fear not Compare re1407.
| 5 They encourage themselves
in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who
shall see them?
6 They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.
themselves The wrong friends drag us down, and we them. ps00101.
Diligent search Those who abandon God turn their zeal toward increasing evil.
| 7 ¶ But God shall shoot
at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.
8 So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.
shall shoot The activities of the wicked may appear right but
God guides circumstances so that their evil is revealed.
Arrow In response to v3.
| 9 And all men shall fear,
and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his
10 The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.
PS 64:1 Hear me, O God, as
I voice my complaint;
PS 64:2 Hide me from
the conspiracy of the wicked,
PS 64:4 They shoot
from ambush at the innocent man;
PS 64:6 They plot
injustice and say,
PS 64:8 He will turn
their own tongues against them
PS 64:9 All mankind
PS 64:10 Let the righteous
rejoice in the LORD