Hear my | prayer, O God,
* and hide not thy- | -self from my petition.
2 Take heed unto | me, and hear me,
* how I mourn in my | prayer, and am vexed;
3 The enemy crieth so, and the ungodly cometh | on so fast;
* for they are minded to do me some mischief, so maliciously | are they set against me.
4 My heart is disquiet- | -ed within me,
* and the fear of | death is •fallen• upon me.
5 Fearfulness and trembling are | come upon me,
* and an horrible | dread hath overwhelmed me.
6 And I said, O that I had wings | like a dove!
* for then would I flee a- | -way, and be at rest.
7 Lo, then would I get me a- | -way far off,
* and re- | -main in the wilderness.
8 I would make haste | to escape,
* because of the | stormy wind and tempest.
9 Destroy their tongues, O Lord, | and divide them;
* for I have spied unrighteousness and | strife in the city.
10 Day and night they go about within the | walls thereof:
* mischief also and sorrow are | in the midst of it.
11 Wickedness | is therein;
* deceit and guile | go not •out of• her streets.
12 For it is not an open enemy that hath done me | this dishonour;
* for | then I could have borne it;
13 Neither was it mine adversary that did magnify him- | -self against me;
* for then peradventure I would have | hid myself from him;
14 But it was even thou, | my companion,
* my guide, and mine | own familiar friend.
15 We took sweet | counsel• together,
* and walked in the | house of God as friends.
16 Let death come hastily upon them, and let them go down alive | into• the pit;
* for wickedness is in their | dwellings, and among them.
17 As for me, I will | call up•on God,
* and the | LORD shall save me.
18 In the evening, and morning, and at noon-day will I pray, and | that instantly;
* and | he shall hear my voice.
19 It is he that hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that | was against me;
* for there were | many that strove with me.
20 Yea, even God, that endureth for ever, shall hear me, and | bring them down;
* for they will not | turn, nor fear God.
21 He laid his hands upon such as be at | peace with him,
* and he | brake his covenant.
22 The words of his mouth were softer than butter, having war | in his heart;
* his words were smoother than oil, and yet | be they very swords.
23 O cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall | nourish thee,
* and shall not suffer the | righteous• to fall for ever.
24 And | as for them,
* thou, O God, shalt bring them into the | pit of destruction.
25 The blood-thirsty and deceitful men shall not live out | half their days:
* nevertheless, my trust shall | be in thee, O Lord.
Glory be to the Father, and | to the Son,
* and | to the Holy Ghost,
As it was in the beginning, is now, and | ever shall be,
* world without | end. Amen.