The L1ord a Refuge and Defense.
In the Lord I take refuge [and put my trust];
How can you say to me, “Flee like a bird to your mountain;
2For look, the wicked are bending the bow;
They take aim with their arrow on the string
To shoot [by stealth] in darkness at the upright in heart.
3If the foundations [of a godly society] are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?”
4The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven.
His eyes see, His eyelids test the children of men.
5The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,
And His soul hates the [malevolent] one who loves violence.
6Upon the wicked (godless) He will rain coals of fire;
Fire and brimstone and a dreadful scorching wind will be the portion of their cup [of doom].
7For the Lord is [absolutely] righteous, He loves righteousness (virtue, morality, justice);
The upright shall see His face.