63 A psalm of David, written when he was in the Judean wilderness. 1
O God, you are my God! I long for you! 2
My soul thirsts 3 for you,
my flesh yearns for you,
in a dry and parched 4 land where there is no water.
2 Yes, 5 in the sanctuary I have seen you, 6
and witnessed 7 your power and splendor.
3 Because 8 experiencing 9 your loyal love is better than life itself,
my lips will praise you.
4 For this reason 10 I will praise you while I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands. 11
5 As if with choice meat 12 you satisfy my soul. 13
My mouth joyfully praises you, 14
6 whenever 15 I remember you on my bed,
and think about you during the nighttime hours.
7 For you are my deliverer; 16
under your wings 17 I rejoice.
8 My soul 18 pursues you; 19
your right hand upholds me.
9 Enemies seek to destroy my life, 20
but they will descend into the depths of the earth. 21
10 Each one will be handed over to the sword; 22
their corpses will be eaten by jackals. 23
11 But the king 24 will rejoice in God;
everyone who takes oaths in his name 25 will boast,
for the mouths of those who speak lies will be shut up. 26
64 For the music director; a psalm of David.
Listen to me, 1 O God, as I offer my lament!
Protect 2 my life from the enemy’s terrifying attacks. 3
2 Hide me from the plots of evil men,
from the crowd of evildoers. 4
3 They 5 sharpen their tongues like a sword;
they aim their arrow, a slanderous charge, 6
4 in order to shoot down the innocent 7 in secluded places.
They shoot at him suddenly and are unafraid of retaliation. 8
5 They encourage one another to carry out their evil deed. 9
They plan how to hide 10 snares,
and boast, 11 “Who will see them?” 12
6 They devise 13 unjust schemes;
they disguise 14 a well-conceived plot. 15
Man’s inner thoughts cannot be discovered. 16
7 But God will shoot 17 at them;
suddenly they will be 18 wounded by an arrow. 19
8 Their slander will bring about their demise. 20
All who see them will shudder, 21
9 and all people will fear. 22
They will proclaim 23 what God has done,
and reflect on his deeds.
10 The godly will rejoice in the Lord
and take shelter in him.
All the morally upright 24 will boast. 25