2 Hear my voice, God, as I plead:
preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
3 Hide me from the secret intrigues of the wicked
and the open insurrection of evildoers.
4 They sharpen their tongues like a sword;
they aim their arrows, poisoned words,
5 in order to shoot from cover at the innocent,
shooting suddenly and fearing nothing.
6 They support each other’s evil plans;
they talk of hiding snares
and ask, “Who would see them?”
7 They search for ways to commit crimes,
bringing their diligent search to completion
when each of them has thought it through
in the depth of his heart.
8 Suddenly God shoots them down with an arrow,
leaving them with wounds;
9 their own tongues make them stumble.
All who see them shake their heads.
10 Everyone is awestruck —
they acknowledge that it is God at work,
they understand what he has done.
11 The righteous will rejoice in Adonai;
they will take refuge in him;
all the upright in heart will exult.