1 Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer; preserve my life from fear of the enemy. 2 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked, from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity: 3 Who whet their tongue like a sword and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words 4 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect; suddenly do they shoot at him and fear not. 5 They encourage themselves in an evil matter; they attempt to hide the snares; they say, Who shall see them? 6 They search out iniquities; they perfect and put into effect that which they have invented in the inward thought of each one of them and that which they have devised in their heart.
7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded. 8 So they shall make their own council and agreements to fall upon themselves; all that see them shall flee away. 9 And all men shall fear and shall declare the work of God, for they shall understand his doing.