Psalm 11 To the Overcomer, a Psalm through David

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1  In the Lord do I trust.
How say ye to my soul,
 “Flee as a bird to your mountain,
2  for (2.1) wicked bend the bow.

They ready their arrow
upon the string that they
may shoot at the upright in heart
in darkness stealthily."?
3  What can the righteous do,
What can for them avail,
if the foundations are destroyed,
and all the pillars fail? (3.2)
4 The Lord's holy temple,
the Lord's throne in heaven -
His eyes behold, His eyelids try
all the children of men.
5 The Lord tries the righteous,
but to His soul hateful:
The wicked, lover of violence (5.1)
sins against his own soul. (5.2)

6 Upon the wicked, He
rains snares, fire, brimstone.
A horrible tempest shall be
Their cup and their portion.
7 For the Lord is righteous.
He loveth righteousness,
The upright gaze upon His face,
and oh how blessed it is.

 2.1. Lit. Behold, the wicked ...
 3.2. The added words to this verse are from anonymous hymn on Psalm 11
 5.1. Lit. wicked and lover of violence
5.2. The added words are how the LXX translates the phrase
Ps 30:6-7. And I, in my prosperity, I said I shall never be moved. LORD, by Your favor You made my mountain to stand strong. You hid Your face from me. I was troubled.
Heb 10:38-39 But My righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrinks back, My soul does not delight in him.''  39  But we are not of those who shrink back to ruin but of them who have faith to the gaining of the soul.
Hab 2:3-4 For the vision [is] yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. 4  Behold, his soul [which] is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
Ps 50:11 I know all fowls
of the mountains and the beasts of the field,
They are mine.
Nehemiah 6:10 And I came to the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabeel, who had shut himself up. And he said, Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple; for they are coming to kill thee; even in the night are they coming to kill thee.
 11 And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, being as I am, could go into the temple, and live? I will not go in.
 12 And I perceived, and behold, God had not sent him; for he pronounced this prophecy against me; and Tobijah and Sanballat had hired him.
 13 Therefore was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that they might have wherewith to spread an evil report, that they might reproach me.
 14 My God, remember Tobijah and Sanballat according to these their works, and also the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets who would have put me in fear.
 (Neh. 6:10-14 DBY)

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