Psalm 140
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1Deliver 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 heart and stir up wars continually.2who craft evil plans in their minds, inciting wars every day.
3They make their tongue sharp as a serpent’s, and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah3They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; the venom of vipers is on their lips. Interlude
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 control of evil people, from violent men who have planned to trip me.
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 arrogant have laid a trap for me; they have spread a net with ropes, lining it with snares along the way. Interlude
6I say to the LORD, You are my God; give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O LORD!6So I say to the LORD, "You are my God; listen to my voice as I plead for mercy, LORD.
7O LORD, my 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.
8Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; do not further their evil plot, or they will 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 mischief of their lips overwhelm 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 fire, into miry pits, no more to rise!10May burning coals fall on them; may they be cast into fire, and into miry pits, never to rise again.
11Let not the slanderer be established in the land; let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!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 will execute justice for the needy.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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