Protection from Evildoers

For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.

1 God, hear my voice when I complain. Protect my life from the terror of the enemy.

References for Psalms 64:1

      2 Hide me from the scheming of the wicked, from the mob of evildoers,
      3 who sharpen their tongues like swords and aim bitter words like arrows,a

      References for Psalms 64:3

        • a 64:3 - Ps 52:2; 57:4; Pr 25:18
          4 shooting from concealed places at the innocent. They shoot at him suddenly and are not afraid.
          5 They encourage each other in an evil plan;b c they talk about hiding trapsd and say, "Who will see them?"e

          References for Psalms 64:5

            • b 64:5 - Lit word, or thing
            • c 64:5 - Or They hold fast to an evil purpose, or They establish for themselves an evil purpose
            • d 64:5 - Ps 35:7; 140:5; 141:9
            • e 64:5 - Or us, or it
              6 They devise crimes [and say,] "We have perfected a secret plan." The inner man and the heart are mysterious.
              7 But God will shoot them with arrows; suddenly, they will be wounded.
              8 They will be made to stumble; their own tongues work against them. All who see them will shake their heads.f

              References for Psalms 64:8

                  9 Then everyone will fear and will tell about God's work, for they will understand what He has done.
                  10 The righteous rejoice in the Lord g and take refuge in Him; all the upright in heart offer praise.

                  References for Psalms 64:10

                    • g 64:10 - Ps 58:10; 68:3; 97:11-12