1 In finem, in carminibus. Intellectus David.
2 Exaudi, Deus, orationem meam, et ne despexeris deprecationem meam:
3 intende mihi, et exaudi me. Contristatus sum in exercitatione mea, et conturbatus sum
4 a voce inimici, et a tribulatione peccatoris. Quoniam declinaverunt in me iniquitates,
et in ira molesti erant mihi.
5 Cor meum conturbatum est in me, et formido mortis cecidit super me.
6 Timor et tremor venerunt super me, et contexerunt me tenebrae.
7 Et dixi: Quis dabit mihi pennas sicut columbae, et volabo, et requiescam?
8 Ecce elongavi fugiens, et mansi in solitudine.
9 Exspectabam eum qui salvum me fecit a pusillanimitate spiritus, et tempestate.
10 Praecipita, Domine; divide linguas eorum: quoniam vidi iniquitatem et contradictionem in civitate.
11 Die ac nocte circumdabit eam super muros ejus iniquitas; et labor in medio ejus,
12 et injustitia: et non defecit de plateis ejus usura et dolus.
13 Quoniam si inimicus meus maledixisset mihi, sustinuissem utique.
Et si is qui oderat me super me magna locutus fuisset,
abscondissem me forsitan ab eo.
14 Tu vero homo unanimis, dux meus, et notus meus:
15 qui simul mecum dulces capiebas cibos; in domo Dei ambulavimus cum consensu.
16 Veniat mors super illos, et descendant in infernum viventes:
quoniam nequitiae in habitaculis eorum, in medio eorum.
17 Ego autem ad Deum clamavi, et Dominus salvabit me.
18 Vespere, et mane, et meridie, narrabo, et annuntiabo; et exaudiet vocem meam.
19 Redimet in pace animam meam ab his qui appropinquant mihi:
quoniam inter multos erant mecum.
20 Exaudiet Deus, et humiliabit illos, qui est ante saecula. Non enim est illis commutatio,
et non timuerunt Deum.
21 Extendit manum suam in retribuendo; contaminaverunt testamentum ejus:
22 divisi sunt ab ira vultus ejus, et appropinquavit cor illius.
Molliti sunt sermones ejus super oleum; et ipsi sunt jacula.
23 Jacta super Dominum curam tuam, et ipse te enutriet;
non dabit in aeternum fluctuationem justo.
24 Tu vero, Deus, deduces eos in puteum interitus.
Viri sanguinum et dolosi non dimidiabunt dies suos;
ego autem sperabo in te, Domine.
Church of England 1662 Book of Common Prayer
To the end, in verses. Understanding for David,
1 Hear my prayer, O God: and hide not thyself from my petition.
2 Take heed unto me, and hear me: how I mourn in my prayer, and am vexed.
3 The enemy crieth so, and the ungodly cometh on so fast: for they are minded to do me some mischief; so maliciously are they set against me.
4 My heart is disquieted within me: and the fear of death is fallen upon me.
5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me: and an horrible dread hath overwhelmed me.
6 And I said, O that I had wings like a dove: for then would I flee away, and be at rest.
7 Lo, then would I get me away far off: and remain in the wilderness.
8 I would make haste to escape: because of the stormy wind and tempest.
9 Destroy their tongues, O Lord, and divide them: for I have spied unrighteousness and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they go about within the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.
11 Wickedness is therein: deceit and guile go not out of their streets.
12 For it is not an open enemy, that hath done me this dishonour: for then I could have borne it.
13 Neither was it mine adversary, that did magnify himself against me:
for then peradventure I would have hid myself from him.
14 But it was even thou, my companion: my guide, and mine own familiar friend.
15 We took sweet counsel together: and walked in the house of God as friends.
16 Let death come hastily upon them, and let them go down quick into hell:
for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.
17 As for me, I will call upon God: and the Lord shall save me.
18 In the evening, and morning, and at noonday will I pray, and that instantly: and he shall hear my voice.
19 It is he that hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me:
for there were many with me.
20 Yea, even God, that endureth for ever, shall hear me, and bring them down: for they will not turn,
nor fear God.
21 He laid his hands upon such as be at peace with him : and he brake his covenant.
22 The words of his mouth were softer than butter, having war in his heart:
his words were smoother than oil, and yet be they very swords.
23 O cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall nourish thee:
and shall not suffer the righteous to fall for ever.
24 And as for them: thou, O God, shalt bring them into the pit of destruction.
25 The blood-thirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days:
nevertheless, my trust shall be in thee, O Lord.