Psalm 140
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1Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; preserve me from violent men,1For the choir director. A Davidic psalm. Rescue me, LORD, from evil men. Keep me safe from violent men
2who plan evil things in their heart and stir up wars continually.2who plan evil in their hearts. They stir up wars all day long.
3They make their tongue sharp as a serpent’s, and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah3They make their tongues as sharp as a snake's bite; viper's venom is under their lips. Selah
4Guard me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have planned to trip up my feet.4Protect me, LORD, from the clutches of the wicked. Keep me safe from violent men who plan to make me stumble.
5The arrogant have hidden a trap for me, and with cords they have spread a net; beside the way they have set snares for me. Selah5The proud hide a trap with ropes for me; they spread a net along the path and set snares for me. Selah
6I say to the LORD, You are my God; give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O LORD!6I say to the LORD, "You are my God." Listen, LORD, to my cry for help.
7O LORD, my Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle.7Lord GOD, my strong Savior, You shield my head on the day of battle.
8Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; do not further their evil plot, or they will be exalted! Selah8 LORD, do not grant the desires of the wicked; do not let them achieve their goals. Otherwise, they will become proud. Selah
9As for the head of those who surround me, let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!9When those who surround me rise up, may the trouble their lips cause overwhelm them.
10Let burning coals fall upon them! Let them be cast into fire, into miry pits, no more to rise!10Let hot coals fall on them. Let them be thrown into the fire, into the abyss, never again to rise.
11Let not the slanderer be established in the land; let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!11Do not let a slanderer stay in the land. Let evil relentlessly hunt down a violent man.
12I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy.12I know that the LORD upholds the just cause of the poor, justice for the needy.
13Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence.13Surely the righteous will praise Your name; the upright will live in Your presence.
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Psalm 139
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