Psalm 140
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Prayer for Deliverance from Evil Men

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men;
Preserve me from violent men,
2Who plan evil things in their hearts;
They continually gather together for war.
3They sharpen their tongues like a serpent;
The poison of asps is under their lips. Selah

4Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
Preserve me from violent men,
Who have purposed to make my steps stumble.
5The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords;
They have spread a net by the wayside;
They have set traps for me. Selah

6I said to the Lord: “You are my God;
Hear the voice of my supplications, O Lord.
7O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation,
You have [a]covered my head in the day of battle.
8Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked;
Do not further his wicked scheme,
Lest they be exalted. Selah

9As for the head of those who surround me,
Let the evil of their lips cover them;
10Let burning coals fall upon them;
Let them be cast into the fire,
Into deep pits, that they rise not up again.
11Let not a slanderer be established in the earth;
Let evil hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

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


  1. Psalm 140:7 sheltered
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.

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