Prayer for Protection against the Wicked.
For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
1Rescue me, O LORD, from evil men;
2Who devise evil things in their hearts;
3They sharpen their tongues as a serpent;
4Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked;
5The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords;
6I said to the LORD, “Thou art my God;
7“O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation,
8“Do not grant, O LORD, the desires of the wicked;
9“As for the head of those who surround me,
10“May burning coals fall upon them;
11“May a slanderer not be established in the earth;
12I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted,
13Surely the righteous will give thanks to Thy name;