Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea;1
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hear me and answer me.2 My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught3
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because of what my enemy is saying, because of the threats of the wicked; for they bring down suffering on me4 and assail5 me in their anger.6
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My heart is in anguish7 within me; the terrors8 of death have fallen on me.
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Fear and trembling9 have beset me; horror10 has overwhelmed me.
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I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.
I would flee far away and stay in the desert;11
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I would hurry to my place of shelter,12 far from the tempest and storm.13"
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Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,14 for I see violence and strife15 in the city.16
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Day and night they prowl17 about on its walls; malice and abuse are within it.
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Destructive forces18 are at work in the city; threats and lies19 never leave its streets.
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If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide.
But it is you, one like myself, my companion, my close friend,20
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with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship21 at the house of God,22 as we walked about among the worshipers.
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Let death take my enemies by surprise;23 let them go down alive to the realm of the dead,24 for evil finds lodging among them.
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As for me, I call to God, and the LORD saves me.
Evening,25 morning26 and noon27 I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.
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He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me.
God, who is enthroned from of old,28 who does not change-- he will hear29 them and humble them, because they have no fear of God.30
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My companion attacks his friends;31 he violates his covenant.32
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His talk is smooth as butter,33 yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil,34 yet they are drawn swords.35
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Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you;36 he will never let the righteous be shaken.37
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But you, God, will bring down the wicked into the pit38 of decay; the bloodthirsty and deceitful39 will not live out half their days.40 But as for me, I trust in you.41
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