The Message

Psalm 11

A David Psalm

11-3 I’ve already run for dear life
    straight to the arms of God.
So why would I run away now
    when you say,

“Run to the mountains; the evil
    bows are bent, the wicked arrows
Aimed to shoot under cover of darkness
    at every heart open to God.
The bottom’s dropped out of the country;
    good people don’t have a chance”?

4-6 But God hasn’t moved to the mountains;
    his holy address hasn’t changed.
He’s in charge, as always, his eyes
    taking everything in, his eyelids
Unblinking, examining Adam’s unruly brood
    inside and out, not missing a thing.
He tests the good and the bad alike;
    if anyone cheats, God’s outraged.
Fail the test and you’re out,
    out in a hail of firestones,
Drinking from a canteen
    filled with hot desert wind.

God’s business is putting things right;
    he loves getting the lines straight,
Setting us straight. Once we’re standing tall,
    we can look him straight in the eye.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 11

Psalm 11

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

I run to the Lord for safety.
    So how can you say to me,
    “Fly away like a bird to your mountain.
Look! Evil people are bending their bows.
    They are placing their arrows against the strings.
They are planning to shoot from the shadows
    at those who have honest hearts.
When law and order are being destroyed,
    what can godly people do?”

The Lord is in his holy temple.
    The Lord is on his throne in heaven.
He watches everyone on earth.
    His eyes study them.
The Lord watches over those who do what is right.
    But he really hates sinful people and those who love to hurt others.
He will pour out flaming coals and burning sulfur
    on those who do what is wrong.
    A hot and dry wind will destroy them.

The Lord always does what is right.
    So he loves it when people do what is fair.
    Those who are honest will enjoy his blessing.