Psalms - Chapter 64


The King James Version Basic English Version (BBE)

1 Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

1 <To the chief music-maker. A Psalm. Of David.> O God, let the voice of my grief come to your ear: keep my life from the fear of those who are against me.

2 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:

2 Keep me safe from the secret purpose of wrongdoers; from the band of the workers of evil;

3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

3 Who make their tongues sharp like a sword, and whose arrows are pointed, even bitter words;

4 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

4 So that in secret they may let loose their arrows at the upright, suddenly and unseen.

5 They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?

5 They make themselves strong in an evil purpose; they make holes for secret nets; they say, Who will see it,

6 They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

6 Or make discovery of our secret purpose? The design is framed with care; and the inner thought of a man, and his heart, is deep.

7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.

7 But God sends out an arrow against them; suddenly they are wounded.

8 So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

8 The evil of their tongues is the cause of their fall; all those who see them are shaking their heads at them.

9 And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.

9 And in fear men make public the works of God; and giving thought to his acts they get wisdom.

10 The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.

10 The upright will be glad in the Lord and have hope in him; and all the lovers of righteousness will give him glory.




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