1 Listen to my prayer, O God, ¶ do not ignore my plea;
2 hear me and answer me. ¶ My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
3 because of what my enemy is saying, ¶ because of the threats of the wicked; ¶ for they bring down suffering on me ¶ and assail me in their anger.
4 My heart is in anguish within me; ¶ the terrors of death have fallen on me.
5 Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me.
6 I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.
7 I would flee far away and stay in the desert; [^1]
8 I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm."
9 Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words, ¶ for I see violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they prowl about on its walls; malice and abuse are within it.
11 Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.
12 If an enemy were insulting me, ¶ I could endure it; ¶ if a foe were rising against me, ¶ I could hide.
13 But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend,
14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God, ¶ as we walked about ¶ among the worshipers.
15 Let death take my enemies by surprise; ¶ let them go down alive to the realm of the dead, ¶ for evil finds lodging among them.
16 As for me, I call to God, ¶ and the LORD saves me.
17 Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, ¶ and he hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, ¶ even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned from of old, who does not change — ¶ he will hear them and humble them, ¶ because they have no fear of God.
20 My companion attacks his friends; ¶ he violates his covenant.
21 His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; ¶ his words are more soothing than oil, ¶ yet they are drawn swords.
22 Cast your cares on the LORD ¶ and he will sustain you; ¶ he will never let ¶ the righteous be shaken.
23 But you, God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of decay; ¶ the bloodthirsty and deceitful ¶ will not live out half their days. ¶ But as for me, I trust in you.