Psalms 140

Deliver Me, O  Lord, from Evil Men

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

a Deliver me, O  Lord, from evil men;
preserve me from b violent men,
who plan evil things in their heart
and c stir up wars continually.
They make d their tongue sharp as e a serpent’s,
and f under their lips is the g venom of asps.  Selah
Guard me, O  Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
preserve me from h violent men,
who have planned to trip up my feet.
The 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
m I say to the  Lord, You are my God;
give ear to n the voice of my pleas for mercy, O  Lord!
O  Lord, my Lord o the strength of my salvation,
you have covered my head in the day of battle.
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
As for the head of those who surround me,
let s the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!
10 Let t burning coals fall upon them!
Let them be cast into fire,
into miry pits, no more to rise!
11 Let 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.
13 Surely w the righteous shall give thanks to your name;
x the upright shall dwell in your presence.
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