111I trust in the LORD for safety.
How foolish of you to say to me,
“Fly away like a bird to the mountains,11.1 Some ancient translations like a bird to the mountains; Hebrew bird, to your (plural) mountains.
2because the wicked have drawn their bows and aimed their arrows
to shoot from the shadows at good people.
3There is nothing a good person can do
when everything falls apart.”
4The LORD is in his holy temple;
he has his throne in heaven.
He watches people everywhere
and knows what they are doing.
5He examines the good and the wicked alike;
the lawless he hates with all his heart.
6He sends down flaming coals11.6 One ancient translation coals; Hebrew traps. and burning sulphur on the wicked;
he punishes them with scorching winds.
7The LORD is righteous and loves good deeds;
those who do them will live in his presence.
121Help us, LORD!
There is not a good person left;
honest people can no longer be found.
2All of them lie to one another;
they deceive each other with flattery.
3Silence those flattering tongues, O LORD!
Close those boastful mouths that say,
4“With our words we get what we want.
We will say what we wish,
and no one can stop us.”
5“But now I will come,” says the LORD,
“because the needy are oppressed
and the persecuted groan in pain.
I will give them the security they long for.”
6The promises of the LORD can be trusted;
they are as genuine as silver
refined seven times in the furnace.
7-8The wicked are everywhere,
and everyone praises what is evil.
Keep us always safe, O LORD,
and preserve us from such people.
131How much longer will you forget me, LORD? For ever?
How much longer will you hide yourself from me?
2How long must I endure trouble?
How long will sorrow fill my heart day and night?
How long will my enemies triumph over me?
3Look at me, O LORD my God, and answer me.
Restore my strength; don't let me die.
4Don't let my enemies say, “We have defeated him.”
Don't let them gloat over my downfall.
5I rely on your constant love;
I will be glad, because you will rescue me.
6I will sing to you, O LORD,
because you have been good to me.