1 He that within the secrecy
Of the highest doth reside,
In shadow of th' Almighty he
Shall lodging safe abide.
2 He is my hope and fortress high,
I of the Lord will say:
He is my God, and in him I
My confidence will stay.
3 The fowler's snare surely from thence
He shall deliver thee;
And from th' infections pestilence
He also shall thee free.
4 He with his feathers shall thee hide;
Thy trust in 's wings shall be:
His truth shall as a shield abide,
And buckler unto thee.
5 With fear thou shalt not be dismay'd,
For terror by the night:
Nor of the arrow be afraid,
That hath by day his flight.
6 Nor for the plagues infection,
That walks in darkness fast.
Nor for the sure destruction
that doth at noon-day waste.
7 A thousand at thy side shall fall,
Yea, and ten thousand here
At thy right hand; but yet it shall
Not unto thee come near.
8 This thing thou only with thine eyes
Shall heedfully regard;
Thou shalt behold how that likewise
The wicked have reward.
9 For (thou hast said0 Jehovah thou
Art my protection:
The highest one thou mak'st also
10 Not any evil casually
Shall unto thee befall:
Nor yet shall any plague come nigh
Thy dwelling-place at all.
11 Because he his strong angels will
command concerning thee;
That they may keep thee from all ill
Which in thy way may be.
12 The hollow of their hands upon
Thee safe they shall up-bare,
Lest thou thy foot against a stone
Should dash at unaware.
13 Thou shalt upon the lion strong
And on the adder go:
The dragon and the lion young
Thou trample shalt also.
14 For he hath set his love on me,
Him therefore free will I;
Because that known my name hath he,
I will him set on high.
15 He shall in pray'r call on me,
And I will answer him:
I will with him in trouble be,
I'll freely him redeem,
And I will honour him also.
16 Him I will satisfy
With length of days, and to him shew
My saving health will I.