For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[a] of David.
Listen to my prayer, O God,1
do not ignore my plea;2
hear me and answer me.2
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught3
at the voice of the enemy,3
at the stares of the wicked;3
for they bring down suffering upon me3
and revile me in their anger.
My heart is in anguish within me;4
the terrors of death assail me.
Fear and trembling have beset me;
horror has overwhelmed me.
I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!6
I would fly away and be at rest—
I would flee far away7
and stay in the desert; Selah