Psalms 140

Psalm 1401

For the music director; a psalm of David.

140:1 O Lord, rescue me from wicked men!2

Protect me from violent men,3

140:2 who plan ways to harm me.4

All day long they stir up conflict.5

140:3 Their tongues wound like a serpent;6

a viper’s7 venom is behind8 their lips. (Selah)

140:4 O Lord, shelter me from the power9 of the wicked!

Protect me from violent men,

who plan to knock me over.10

140:5 Proud men hide a snare for me;

evil men11 spread a net by the path;

they set traps for me. (Selah)

140:6 I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”

O Lord, pay attention to my plea for mercy!

140:7 O sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer,12

you shield13 my head in the day of battle.

140:8 O Lord, do not let the wicked have their way!14

Do not allow their15 plan to succeed when they attack!16 (Selah)

140:9 As for the heads of those who surround me –

may the harm done by17 their lips overwhelm them!

140:10 May he rain down18 fiery coals upon them!

May he throw them into the fire!

From bottomless pits they will not escape.19

140:11 A slanderer20 will not endure on21 the earth;

calamity will hunt down a violent man and strike him down.22

140:12 I know23 that the Lord defends the cause of the oppressed

and vindicates the poor.24

140:13 Certainly the godly will give thanks to your name;

the morally upright will live in your presence.

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