Oppressed by the Wicked but Rejoicing in the Lord — Psalm 64
God, hear my voice when I complain.
Protect my life from the terror of the enemy.
2 Hide me from the scheming of wicked people,
from the mob of evildoers,
3 who sharpen their tongues like swords
and aim bitter words like arrows,
4 shooting from concealed places at the innocent.
They shoot at him suddenly and are not afraid.
5 They encourage each other in an evil plan; [or They hold fast to an evil purpose, or They establish for themselves an evil purpose]
they talk about hiding traps and say,
“Who will see them?” [or “Who will see us?” or “Who will see it?”]
6 They devise crimes and say,
“We have perfected a secret plan.”
The inner man and the heart are mysterious.
7 But God will shoot them with arrows;
suddenly, they will be wounded.
8 They will be made to stumble;
their own tongues work against them.
All who see them will shake their heads.
9 Then everyone will fear
and will tell about God’s work,
for they will understand what He has done.
10 The righteous one rejoices in the Lord
and takes refuge in Him;
all those who are upright in heart
will offer praise.
The same psalm in the CEV
Listen to my concerns, God,
and protect me
from my terrible enemies.
2 Keep me safe from secret plots
of corrupt and evil gangs.
3 Their words cut like swords,
and their cruel remarks
sting like sharp arrows.
4 They fearlessly ambush
and shoot innocent people.
5 They are determined to do evil,
and they tell themselves,
“Let’s set traps!
No one can see us.”
6 They make evil plans and say,
“We’ll commit a perfect crime.
No one knows our thoughts.”
7 But God will shoot his arrows
and quickly wound them.
8 They will be destroyed
by their own words,
and everyone who sees them
will tremble with fear.
9 They will be afraid and say,
“Look at what God has done
and keep it all in mind.”
10 May the Lord bless his people
with peace and happiness
and let them celebrate.
And here it is in the ESV
Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;
preserve my life from dread of the enemy.
2 Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
from the throng of evildoers,
3 who whet their tongues like swords,
who aim bitter words like arrows,
4 shooting from ambush at the blameless,
shooting at him suddenly and without fear.
5 They hold fast to their evil purpose;
they talk of laying snares secretly,
thinking, “Who can see them?”
6 They search out injustice,
saying, “We have accomplished a diligent search.”
For the inward mind and heart of a man are deep.
7 But God shoots his arrow at them;
they are wounded suddenly.
8 They are brought to ruin, with their own tongues turned against them;
all who see them will wag their heads.
9 Then all mankind fears;
they tell what God has brought about
and ponder what he has done.
10 Let the righteous one rejoice in the Lord
and take refuge in him!
Let all the upright in heart exult!
There is much we can relate to in this psalm. The word ‘blameless’ jumped out at me in verse 4 of the ESV. If only the victim-blamers and sin-levellers would realise that God calls the oppressed blameless in this psalm!
And how perfectly this psalm describes the abusers and their allies! — mob of evildoers, corrupt gangs, secret plotters who sharpen their tongues like swords and think they will get away with what they do.
Thank you God for Your truth.