For the music director; a psalm of David.
64:1 Listen to me,2 O God, as I offer my lament!
Protect3 my life from the enemy’s terrifying attacks.4
64:2 Hide me from the plots of evil men,
from the crowd of evildoers.5
64:3 They6 sharpen their tongues like a sword;
they aim their arrow, a slanderous charge,7
64:4 in order to shoot down the innocent8 in secluded places.
They shoot at him suddenly and are unafraid of retaliation.9
64:5 They encourage one another to carry out their evil deed.10
They plan how to hide11 snares,
and boast,12 “Who will see them?”13
64:6 They devise14 unjust schemes;
they disguise15 a well-conceived plot.16
Man’s inner thoughts cannot be discovered.17
64:7 But God will shoot18 at them;
suddenly they will be19 wounded by an arrow.20
64:8 Their slander will bring about their demise.21
All who see them will shudder,22
64:9 and all people will fear.23
They will proclaim24 what God has done,
and reflect on his deeds.
64:10 The godly will rejoice in the Lord
and take shelter in him.
All the morally upright25 will boast.26