Psalm 11

1    In the Lord have I taken refuge;  

how then can you say to me,

    ‘Flee like a bird to the hills,

2    ‘For see how the wicked bend the bow

    and fit their arrows to the string,  

to shoot from the shadows at the true of heart.

3    ‘When the foundations are destroyed,  

what can the righteous do?’

4    The Lord is in his holy temple;  

the Lord’s throne is in heaven.

5    His eyes behold,  

his eyelids try every mortal being.

6    The Lord tries the righteous as well as the wicked,  

but those who delight in violence his soul abhors.

7    Upon the wicked he shall rain coals of fire

    and burning sulphur;  

scorching wind shall be their portion to drink.

8    For the Lord is righteous;

    he loves righteous deeds,  

and those who are upright shall behold his face.


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