The Book of Psalms
Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.
2 Attend unto me, and answer me: I have no rest in my complaint, and I am distraught;
3 Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they bring down trouble upon me, and in wrath they bear a grudge against me.
4 My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.
5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.
6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.
7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.
8 I would hasten to my refuge from the windy storm and tempest.
9 Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and trouble are in the midst of it.
11 Destruction is in the midst thereof: oppression and guile depart not from her streets.
12 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 could have hid myself from him:
13 But it was thou, a man mine equal, my companion, and my familiar friend.
14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked within the house of God in company.
15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down alive into the grave: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.
16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.
17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I complain, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
18 He shall deliver my soul in peace from the battle which is against me: for there are many that strive with me.
19 God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that sitteth enthroned of old. Selah. Because they change not, therefore they fear not God.
20 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.
21 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.
22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
23 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.
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