1 Hear my prayer, O God,*
and hide not yourself from my petition.
2 Give heed to me, and hear me,*
for I am troubled in my prayer and am tormented,
3 Because of the cry of the enemy, and oppression by the ungodly;*
for they are of a mind to do me great harm, so maliciously are they set against me.
4 My heart is disquieted within me,*
and the fear of death has fallen upon me.
5 Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me,*
and a horrible dread has 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 Indeed, then I would get away to a far off place*
and make my dwelling in the wilderness.
8 I would make haste to escape,*
because of the stormy wind and tempest."
9 Confuse their speech, O Lord, and divide them,*
for I have seen unrighteousness and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they go about within her walls;*
trouble and sorrow are in the midst of her.
11 Great wickedness is there;*
deceit and guile do not leave her streets.
12 For it is not an enemy who has done me this dishonor,*
for then I could have borne it;
13 Neither was it my adversary who exalted himself against me,*
for then I would have hidden myself from him.
14 But it was you, my companion,*
my comrade and my 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 grave,*
for there is wickedness in their hearts.
17 As for me, I will call upon God,*
and the Lord shall save me.
18 In the evening, and morning, and at noonday will I pray and lament,*
and he shall hear my voice.
19 It is he who shall deliver my soul in peace from the battle that is against me,*
for there are many who fight me.
20 God, who endures for ever, shall hear me and bring them down;*
for they never change, nor do they fear God.
21 My familiar friend has laid his hands upon those who were at peace with him,*
and he has broken his covenant.
22 The words of his mouth were softer than butter, yet war was in his heart;*
his words were smoother than oil, and yet they were drawn swords.
23 O cast your burden upon the Lord, and he shall nourish you,*
and shall not allow the righteous to fall for ever.
24 But as for the bloodthirsty and deceitful,*
you, O God, shall bring them into the pit of destruction.
25 They shall not live out half their days;*
but my trust shall be in you, O Lord.
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