Psalms 140

Deliver Me, O Lord, from Evil Men

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1 aDeliver me, O Lord, from evil men;
preserve me from bviolent men,
2who plan evil things in their heart
and cstir up wars continually.
3They make dtheir tongue sharp as ea serpent’s,
and funder their lips is the gvenom of asps.  Selah
4 Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
preserve me from hviolent men,
who have planned to trip up my feet.
5The arrogant have ihidden a trap for me,
and with cords they have spread ja net;
Or they have spread cords as a net

beside the way they have set lsnares for me.  Selah
6 mI say to the Lord, You are my God;
give ear to nthe voice of my pleas for mercy, O Lord!
7O Lord, my Lord, othe strength of my salvation,
you have covered my head in the day of battle.
8 pGrant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked;
do not further their
Hebrew his
evil plot, or rthey will be exalted!  Selah
9 As for the head of those who surround me,
let sthe mischief of their lips overwhelm them!
10Let tburning 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 umaintain the cause of the afflicted,
and vwill execute justice for the needy.
13Surely wthe righteous shall give thanks to your name;
xthe upright shall dwell in your presence.
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