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'Flee thou! to your mountain, ye birds'?
2For, lo, the wicked bend the bow,
They have made ready their arrow upon the string,
That they may shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.
3When the foundations are destroyed,
What hath the righteous wrought?
4The Lord is in His holy temple,
The Lord, His throne is in heaven;
His eyes behold, His eyelids try, the children of men.
5The Lord trieth the righteous;
But the wicked and him that loveth violence His soul hateth.
6Upon the wicked He will cause to rain coals;
Fire and brimstone and burning wind shall be the portion of their cup.
7For the Lord is righteous, He loveth righteousness;
The upright shall behold His face.

12 For the Leader; on the Sheminith. A Psalm of David.

2Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth;
For the faithful fail from among the children of men.
3They speak falsehood every one with his neighbour;
With flattering lip, and with a double heart, do they speak.
4May the Lord cut off all flattering lips,
The tongue that speaketh proud things!
5Who have said: 'Our tongue will we make mighty;
Our lips are with us: who is lord over us?'
6'For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy,
Now will I arise', saith the Lord;
'I will set him in safety at whom they puff.'
7The words of the Lord are pure words,
As silver tried in a crucible on the earth, refined seven times.
8Thou wilt keep them, O Lord;
Thou wilt preserve us from this generation for ever.
9The wicked walk on every side,
When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.

13 For the Leader. A Psalm of David.

2How long, O Lord, wilt Thou forget me for ever?
How long wilt Thou hide Thy face from me?
3How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart by day?
How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
4Behold Thou, and answer me, O Lord my God;
Lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
5Lest mine enemy say: 'I have prevailed against him';
Lest mine adversaries rejoice when I am moved.
6But as for me, in Thy mercy do I trust;
My heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation.
I will sing unto the Lord,