Psalm 64 – New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 64[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

  1. Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy.
  2. Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from the plots of evildoers.
  3. They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.
  4. They shoot from ambush at the innocent; they shoot suddenly, without fear.
  5. They encourage each other in evil plans, they talk about hiding their snares; they say, “Who will see it[b]?”
  6. They plot injustice and say, “We have devised a perfect plan!” Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.
  7. But God will shoot them with his arrows; they will suddenly be struck down.
  8. He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin; all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.
  9. All people will fear; they will proclaim the works of God and ponder what he has done.
  10. The righteous will rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him; all the upright in heart will glory in him!


a. Psalm 64:1 In Hebrew texts 64:1-10 is numbered 64:2-11.
b. Psalm 64:5 Or us

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Psalm 64 – King James Version (KJV)

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

  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 commune of laying snares privily; They say, Who shall see them?
  6. They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: Both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.
  7. But God shall shoot at them With an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.
  8. So they shall make their own tongue 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 wisely consider of his doing.
  10. The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; And all the upright in heart shall glory.