Psalms 140

Deliver Me, O  Lord, from Evil Men

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1 a  Deliver me, O  Lord, from evil men;
preserve me from b  violent men,
2who plan evil things in their heart
and c  stir up wars continually.
3They make d  their tongue sharp as e  a serpent’s,
and f  under their lips is the g  venom of asps.  Selah
4 Guard me, O  Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
preserve me from h  violent men,
who have planned to trip up my feet.
5The arrogant have i  hidden a trap for me,
and with cords they have spread j  a net;
Or they have spread cords as a net

beside the way they have set l  snares for me.  Selah
6 m  I say to the  Lord, You are my God;
give ear to n  the voice of my pleas for mercy, O  Lord!
7O  Lord, my Lord o  the strength of my salvation,
you have covered my head in the day of battle.
8 p  Grant not, O  Lord, the desires of the wicked;
do not further their
Hebrew his
evil plot, or r  they will be exalted!  Selah
9 As for the head of those who surround me,
let s  the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!
10Let t  burning coals fall upon them!
Let them be cast into fire,
into miry pits, no more to rise!
11Let not the slanderer be established in the land;
let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!
12 I know that the  Lord will u  maintain the cause of the afflicted,
and v  will execute justice for the needy.
13Surely w  the righteous shall give thanks to your name;
x  the upright shall dwell in your presence.
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