Psalm 140
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1To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men,1 Deliver me, LORD, from evil people, preserve me from violent men,
2Who plan evil things in their hearts; They continually gather together for war.2who craft evil plans in their minds, inciting wars every day.
3They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; The poison of asps is under their lips. Selah3They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; the venom of vipers is on their lips. Interlude
4Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; Preserve me from violent men, Who have purposed to make my steps stumble.4Protect me, LORD, from the control of evil people, from violent men who have planned to trip me.
5The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords; They have spread a net by the wayside; They have set traps for me. Selah5The arrogant have laid a trap for me; they have spread a net with ropes, lining it with snares along the way. Interlude
6I said to the LORD: “You are my God; Hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.6So I say to the LORD, "You are my God; listen to my voice as I plead for mercy, LORD.
7O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle.7LORD, my Lord, my strong deliverer, you have protected my head in the time of battle.
8Do not grant, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; Do not further his wicked scheme, Lest they be exalted. Selah8Never grant, LORD, the desires of the wicked; never condone their plans so they cannot exalt themselves. Interlude
9As for the head of those who surround me, Let the evil of their lips cover them;9May those who surround me discover that the trouble they talk about falls on their own head!
10Let burning coals fall upon them; Let them be cast into the fire, Into deep pits, that they rise not up again.10May burning coals fall on them; may they be cast into fire, and into miry pits, never to rise again.
11Let not a slanderer be established in the earth; Let evil hunt the violent man to overthrow him.11Let not the slanderer become established in the land. May evil quickly hunt down the violent man.
12I know that the LORD will maintain The cause of the afflicted, And justice for the poor.12I know that the LORD will act on behalf of the tormented, providing justice for the needy.
13Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name; The upright shall dwell in Your presence.13Surely the righteous will give thanks to your name, while the upright live in your presence.
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Psalm 139
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