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Chapter 11


1 For the leader. Of David. In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to me, "Flee like a bird to the mountains!


See how the wicked string their bows, fit their arrows to the string to shoot from the shadows at the upright.


2 When foundations are being destroyed, what can the upright do?"


The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD'S throne is in heaven. God's eyes keep careful watch; they test all peoples.


The LORD tests the good and the bad, hates those who love violence,


3 And rains upon the wicked fiery coals and brimstone, a scorching wind their allotted cup.


The LORD is just and loves just deeds; the upright shall see his face.


1 [Psalm 11] A song of trust. Though friends counsel flight to the mountain country (a traditional hideout) to escape trouble ( Psalm 11:1-3), the innocent psalmist reaffirms confidence in God, who protects those who seek asylum in the temple ( Psalm 11:4-7).

2 [3] Foundations: usually understood of public order. Cf Psalm 82:5.

3 [6] Their allotted cup: the cup that God gives people to drink is a common figure for their destiny. Cf Psalm 16:5; 75:9; Matthew 20:22; 26:39; Rev 14:10.

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