Psalms 140


A Prayer in Time of Trouble

To the director; a psalm to David.

1Take me, O  lord, from [2man 1the wicked]! [3from 5man 4the unjust 1Rescue 2me]! 2The ones who considered iniquity in their heart; the entire day they deployed for wars. 3They sharpened their tongue as a serpent; the poison of asps is under their lips. PAUSE. 4Guard me, O  lord, from the hand of the sinner! [3from 5men 4unjust 1Take 2me away] who reasoned to trip up my footsteps! 5[2hid 1The proud] a snare for me; and [2lines 1they extended] for a snare for my foot; next to a road [2an obstacle 1they placed] for me. PAUSE. 6I said to the  lord, [2my God 1You are]. Give ear, O  lord, to the voice of my supplication! 7O  Lord, O Lord, the power of my deliverance. You shadowed over my head in the day of battle. 8You should not deliver me, O  lord, from my desire unto the sinner. They argue against me. You should not abandon me, lest at any time they should be raised up high. PAUSE. 9As for the head of them encircling me, the trouble of their lips shall cover them. 10[4shall fall 5upon 6them 1Coals 2with 3fire]; you shall throw them down in miseries, and in no way should they stand. 11[2man 1A talkative] shall not prosper upon the earth. [4man 3an unjust 1Evils 2shall hunt] unto corruption. 12I know that the  lord shall deal with the case of the poor, and the cause of the needy. 13Besides, the just shall make acknowledgment to your name, and [2shall dwell 1the upright] with your presence.
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