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 hisevil 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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