Psalms 140

Prayer for Protection against the Wicked.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

a Rescue me, O  Lord, from evil men;
Preserve me from b violent men
Who c devise evil things in their hearts;
They d continually stir up wars.
They e sharpen their tongues as a serpent;
f Poison of a viper is under their lips.
Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude

h Keep me, O  Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
i Preserve me from violent men
Who have
Or devised
purposed to
Lit push violently
l trip up my feet.
The proud have m hidden a trap for me, and cords;
They have spread a n net by the
Lit track
They have set p snares for me. Selah.

I q said to the  Lord, “You are my God;
r Give ear, O  Lord, to the s voice of my supplications.
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God the Lord u the strength of my salvation,
You have v covered my head in the day of
Lit weapons
Do not grant, O  Lord, the x desires of the wicked;
Do not promote y his evil device, that they not be exalted. Selah.

As for the head of those who surround me,
May the z mischief of their lips cover them.
10 “May aa burning coals fall upon them;
May they be ab cast into the fire,
Lit watery
deep pits from which they ad cannot rise.
11 “May a
Lit man of tongue
slanderer not be established in the earth;
af May evil hunt the violent man
Lit thrust upon thrust

12 I know that the  Lord will ah maintain the cause of the afflicted
And ai justice for the poor.
13 Surely the aj righteous will give thanks to Your name;
The ak upright will dwell in Your presence.

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