To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, [A Psalm] of David.
Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.||
Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;||
Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the
wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.||
My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen
Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away,
and be at rest.||
"Who will give me wings like a dove, and
I will fly and find rest"|
(Unknown, 12th Century)
Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.
I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.
Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and
strife in the city.||
Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and
sorrow are in the midst of it.||
Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her
For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it:
neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I
would have hid myself from him:||
But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.||
We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in
Let death seize upon them,
and let them go down quick into hell: for
wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.||
"Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell."|
How should we treat our enemies?
As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.
Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he
shall hear my voice.||
He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me:
for there were many with me.||
God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah.
Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.||
He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath
broken his covenant.||
The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his
heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.||
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never
suffer the righteous to be moved.||
But thou, O God, shalt
bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall
not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.
(55:23) "Thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction:
Bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days."|
Do the wicked lived long and prosper?