Psalm 64: Protection from Wicked Scheming

In what ways might God protect us from “wicked scheming”?

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Psalm 64:1–2 To the minister of music, a song of David.
Listen to my plea, God, and keep me safe from the terror of my enemies. Protect me from their wicked scheming.
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Psalm 64:1–2 <To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.> Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy. Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:

How can we defend ourselves from slander?

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Psalm 64:3 They whet their tongues like sharpening a sword. They bend their bows and aim their bitter words like deadly arrows.
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Psalm 64:3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

What can make words deadly?

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Psalm 64:3 They whet their tongues like sharpening a sword. They bend their bows and aim their bitter words like deadly arrows.
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Psalm 64:3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

How can wrongdoers fear no consequence for their actions?

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Psalm 64:4 From cover, they shoot impulsively at the innocent, fearing no consequence for their actions.
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Psalm 64:4 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

By what means do people set traps that no one will notice?

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Psalm 64:5 They encourage one another in their evil scheming, setting traps they say no one will notice.
King James
Psalm 64:5 They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?

If traps are well-hidden, how can we avoid being caught?

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Psalm 64:5 They encourage one another in their evil scheming, setting traps they say no one will notice.
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Psalm 64:5 They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?

Why do people invest so much time and energy in their evil plans?

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Psalm 64:6 With cunning hearts and minds, they carefully plan their wrongdoing.
King James
Psalm 64:6 They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

What kinds of arrows will God use to kill the enemy?

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Psalm 64:7–9 But God will slaughter them with arrows they don’t see coming until it is too late. Their own words will destroy them. The crowd of observers will abandon them, in wisdom respecting God for the mighty work he has done.
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Psalm 64:7–9 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded. So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away. And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.

When lies are being told, who is most vulnerable? Why would people turn away, refusing to listen?

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Psalm 64:8–9 Their own words will destroy them. The crowd of observers will abandon them, in wisdom respecting God for the mighty work he has done.
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Psalm 64:8–9 So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away. And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.

What is required to have a clear conscience?

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Psalm 64:10 The righteous will rejoice in the Lord, trusting him to keep them safe. With a clear conscience, they will praise him.
2 Corinthians 1:12 We take pride in a clear conscience, because our dealings everywhere have been without reproach. Not with worldly wisdom but in simplicity and godly sincerity, we have preached both to believers and unbelievers.
1 Timothy 4:2 With dead consciences, they embrace and promote lies as if they were the truth.
Titus 1:15 The pure in heart see that which is pure, but dirty-minded unbelievers wallow in their filth, their consciences made comfortable with perversion.
Hebrews 9:14 how much more will the blood of Jesus, unblemished and without sin, make a difference in our relationship with God. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, he will cleanse our consciences and change our actions from worthless ritual to serving the living God.
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Psalm 64:10 The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.
2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.
1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Titus 1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?