Psalm 11

Jehovah a refuge and defence.

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

11 In Jehovah do I take refuge:
How say ye to my soul,
Flee [a]as a bird to your mountain;
For, lo, the wicked bend the bow,
They make ready their arrow upon the string,
That they may shoot in darkness at the upright in heart;
[b]If the foundations be destroyed,
What can the righteous do?
Jehovah is in his holy temple;
Jehovah, his throne is in heaven;
His eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.
Jehovah trieth the righteous;
But the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
Upon the wicked he will rain snares;
Fire and brimstone and burning wind shall be the portion of their cup.
For Jehovah is righteous; he loveth [c]righteousness:
[d]The upright shall behold his face.


  1. Psalm 11:1 Or, ye birds
  2. Psalm 11:3 Or, For the foundations are destroyed; What hath the righteous wrought?
  3. Psalm 11:7 Or, righteous deeds
  4. Psalm 11:7 Or, His countenance doth behold the upright