December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 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.
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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  Foundations: usually understood of public order. Cf Psalm 82:5.
3  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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