Psalm 11

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Psalm 11 is the 11th psalm from the Book of Psalms. Its authorship is traditionally assigned to king David.

The message of the psalm is that the sufferings of the righteous are for the purpose of purging them of sin, while the good fortunes of the wicked are to provide them the maximum reward in the present world, but no rewards in the World to Come.[1]

 1 In the Lord I take refuge. 
   How then can you say to me:
   “Flee like a bird to your mountain. 
 2 For look, the wicked bend their bows; 
   they set their arrows against the strings
   to shoot from the shadows 
   at the upright in heart. 
 3 When the foundations are being destroyed,
   what can the righteous do?”
 4 The Lord is in his holy temple; 
   the Lord is on his heavenly throne. 
   He observes everyone on earth; 
   his eyes examine them.
 5 The Lord examines the righteous, 
   but the wicked, those who love violence,
   he hates with a passion. 
 6 On the wicked he will rain
   fiery coals and burning sulfur; 
   a scorching wind will be their lot.
 7 For the Lord is righteous, 
   he loves justice; 
   the upright will see his face.


  1. ^ The Artscroll Tehillim page 18