Psalm 64:1
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New International Version
For the director of music. A psalm of David. Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy.

New Living Translation
For the choir director: A psalm of David. O God, listen to my complaint. Protect my life from my enemies' threats.

English Standard Version
Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint; preserve my life from dread of the enemy.

Berean Study Bible
For the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. Hear, O God, my voice of complaint; preserve my life from dread of the enemy.

New American Standard Bible
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint; Preserve my life from dread of the enemy.

King James Bible
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

Christian Standard Bible
God, hear my voice when I am in anguish. Protect my life from the terror of the enemy.

Contemporary English Version
Listen to my concerns, God, and protect me from my enemies' threats.

Good News Translation
I am in trouble, God--listen to my prayer! I am afraid of my enemies--save my life!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the choir director. A Davidic psalm. God, hear my voice when I complain. Protect my life from the terror of the enemy.

International Standard Version
Hear, God, as I express my concern; protect me from fear of the enemy.

NET Bible
For the music director; a psalm of David. Listen to me, O God, as I offer my lament! Protect my life from the enemy's terrifying attacks.

New Heart English Bible
[For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.] Hear my voice, God, in my complaint. Preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Hear my voice, oh, God, when I have made supplication to you, and keep me from the fear of my enemies.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[For the choir director; a psalm by David.] Hear my voice, O God, when I complain. Protect my life from a terrifying enemy.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the Leader. A Psalm of David. Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint; Preserve my life from the terror of the enemy.

New American Standard 1977
Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint; Preserve my life from dread of the enemy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer; preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

King James 2000 Bible
Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

American King James Version
Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

American Standard Version
Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint: Preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Unto the end, a psalm for David. Hear, O God, my prayer, when I make supplication to thee : deliver my soul from the fear of the enemy.

Darby Bible Translation
{To the chief Musician. A Psalm of David.} Hear, O God, my voice in my plaint; preserve my life from fear of the enemy:

English Revised Version
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

Webster's Bible Translation
To the chief Musician, a Psalm of David. Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

World English Bible
Hear my voice, God, in my complaint. Preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

Young's Literal Translation
To the Overseer. -- A Psalm of David. Hear, O God, my voice, in my meditation, From the fear of an enemy Thou keepest my life,
Study Bible
The Hurtful Tongue
1For the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. Hear, O God, my voice of complaint; preserve my life from dread of the enemy. 2Hide me from the scheming of the wicked, from the mob of workers of iniquity,…
Cross References
Psalm 55:2
Attend to me and answer me. I am restless in my complaint, and distraught

Psalm 61:1
Hear my cry, O God, attend to my prayer.

Psalm 130:2
O LORD, hear my voice; let Your ears be attentive to my plea for mercy.

Psalm 140:1
Rescue me, O LORD, from evil men. Protect me from men of violence,

Treasury of Scripture

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

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Psalm 27:7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also on me, and answer me.

Psalm 55:1,2 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not yourself from my supplication…

Psalm 130:1,2 Out of the depths have I cried to you, O LORD…

Psalm 141:1 Lord, I cry to you: make haste to me; give ear to my voice, when I cry to you.

Psalm 143:1-3 Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in your faithfulness …

Lamentations 3:55,56 I called on your name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon…

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Psalm 17:8,9 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of your wings…

Psalm 31:13-15 For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while …

Psalm 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 56:2-4 My enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight …

Acts 18:9,10 Then spoke the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, …

Acts 27:24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar: and, see, …







(1) My prayer.--Rather, my cry, complaint, as in Psalm 55:2.

Verse 1. - Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer; rather, in my complaint (Cheyne, Revised Version); see Psalm 55:2. Preserve my life from fear of the enemy. David already feels that it is not his deposition only, but his life, that is sought (comp. 2 Samuel 15:14; 2 Samuel 17:2). Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer,.... The prayer of the psalmist was vocal and expressed in a mournful manner, with groans and cries, as the word (z) used signifies, and with great ardour and fervency; his condition, by reason of his enemies, being very distressing, and therefore he is very eager and earnest that he might be heard;

preserve my life from fear of the enemy; David had his enemies. Saul and his courtiers, and was afraid of them; Christ had his enemies the wicked Jews, who sought his life before the time, and therefore he walked no more in Judea till near the time; and whose human nature was sometimes possessed of the fears of death, though they were sinless ones: the church and people of God have their enemies; as the men of the world, who revile, reproach, and persecute them; Satan their adversary, who goes about seeking to devour them; and their own corruptions and lusts which war against their souls; and death, the last enemy, which is so to human nature, though by the grace of Christ friendly to the saints. And the people of God have their fears of these enemies; they are afraid of men, their revilings and persecutions, though they have no reason since God is on their side; and of Satan, whose fiery darts and buffetings are very distressing, though if resisted he will flee; and of their own corruptions, lest they should one day perish by them; or, at least, lest they should break out, to the wounding of their souls, and the dishonour of God: and some of them, through fear of death, are all their lifetime subject to bondage: which fears, though they are not the saints' excellencies, but their infirmities, yet are consistent with the grace of God; and under the power and influence of these fears they apprehend sometimes their life to be in danger; and therefore pray to the God of their life, who has given them it, and is the preserver of it, that he would preserve their natural life, as he does; as also their spiritual life, which is preserved by him; is bound up in the bundle of life with the Lord their God, and is hid with Christ in God.

(z) "in querimonia mea", Tigurine version; "in oratione mea gemebunda", Gejerus; so Michaelis. 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.

Psalm 64:1

"Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer." It often helps devotion if we are able to use the voice and speak audibly; but even mental prayer has a voice with God which he will hear. We do not read that Moses had spoken with his lips at the Red Sea, and yet the Lord said to him, "Why criest thou which are unheard on earth may be among the best heard unto me?" Prayers duty to note how constantly David turns to prayer; it is his in heaven. It is our duty to note how constantly David turns to prayer; it is his battleaxe and weapon of war he uses it under every pressure, whether of inward sin or outward wrath, foreign invasion or domestic rebellion. We shall act wisely if we make prayer to God our first and best trusted resource in every hour of need. "Preserve my life from fear of the enemy." From harm and dread of harm protect me; or it may be read as an expression of his assurance that it would be so; "from fear of the foe thou wilt preserve me." With all our sacrifices of prayer we should offer the salt of faith.

Psalm 64:2

"Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked." From their hidden snares hide me. Circumvent their counsels; let their secrets be met by thy secret providence, their counsels of malice by thy counsels of love. "From the insurrection of the workers of iniquity." When their secret counsels break forth into clamorous tumults, be thou still my preserver. When they think evil, let thy divine thoughts defeat them; and when they do evil, let thy powerful justice overthrow them: in both cases, let me be out of reach of their cruel hand, and even out of sight of their evil eye. It is a good thing to conquer malicious foes, but a better thing still to be screened from all conflict with them, by being hidden from the strife. The Lord knows how to give his people peace, and when he wills to make quiet, he is more than a match for all disturbers, and can defeat alike their deep-laid plots and their overt hostilities.

Psalm 64:3

"Who whet their tongue like a sword." Slander has ever been the master weapon of the good man's enemies, and great is the care of the malicious to use it effectively. As warriors grind their swords, to give them an edge which will cut deep and wound desperately, so do the unscrupulous invent falsehoods which shall be calculated to inflict pain, to stab the reputation, to kill the honour of the righteous. What is there which an evil tongue will not say? What misery will it not labour to inflict? "And bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words." Far off they dart their calumnies, as archers shoot their poisoned arrows. They studiously and with force prepare their speech as bended bows, and then with cool, deliberate aim, they let fly the shaft which they have dipped in bitterness. To sting, to inflict anguish, to destroy, is their one design. Insult, sarcasm, taunting defiance, nicknaming, all these were practised among Orientals as a kind of art; and if in these Western regions, with more refined manners, we are less addicted to the use of rough abuse, it is yet to be feared that the less apparent venom of the tongue inflicts none the less poignant pain. However, in all cases, let us fly to the Lord for help. David had but the one resource of prayer against the twofold weapons of the wicked, for defence against sword or arrow he used the one defence of faith in God.

Psalm 64:4

"That they may shoot in secret at the perfect." They lie in ambush, with bows ready bent to aim a coward's shaft at the upright man. Sincere and upright conduct will not secure us from the assaults of slander. The devil shot at our Lord himself, and we may rest assured he has a fiery dart in reserve for us; He was absolutely perfect, we are only so in a relative sense, hence in us there is fuel for fiery darts to kindle on. Observe the meanness of malicious men; they will not accept fair combat, they shun the open field, and skulk in the bushes, lying in ambush against those who are not so acquainted with deceit as to suspect their treachery, and are too manly to imitate their despicable modes of warfare. "Suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not." To secrecy they add suddenness. They give their unsuspecting victim no chance of defending himself; they pounce on him like a wild beast leaping on its prey. They lay their plans so warily that they fear no detection. We have seen in daily life the arrow of calumny wounding its victim sorely; and yet we have not been able to discover the quarter from which the weapon was shot, nor to detect the hand which forged the arrowhead, or tinged it with the poison. Is it possible for justice to invent a punishment sufficiently severe to meet the case of the dastard who defiles my good name, and remains himself in concealment? An open liar is an angel compared with this demon. Vipers and cobras are harmless and amiable creatures compared with such a reptile. The devil himself might blush at being the father of so base an offspring.

continued...PSALM 64

Ps 64:1-10. A prayer for deliverance from cunning and malicious enemies, with a confident view of their overthrow, which will honor God and give joy to the righteous.

1. preserve … fear—as well as the danger producing it.64:1-6 The psalmist earnestly begs of God to preserve him from disquieting fear. The tongue is a little member, but it boasts great things. The upright man is the mark at which the wicked aim, they cannot speak peaceably either of him or to him. There is no guard against a false tongue. It is bad to do wrong, but worse to encourage ourselves and one another in it. It is a sign that the heart is hardened to the greatest degree, when it is thus fully set to do evil. A practical disbelief of God's knowledge of all things, is at the bottom of every wickedness. The benefit of a good cause and a good conscience, appears most when nothing can help a man against his enemies, save God alone, who is always a present help.
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