Psalm 140
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1Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; preserve me from violent men,1O LORD, rescue me from evil people. Protect me from those who are violent,
2who plan evil things in their heart and stir up wars continually.2those who plot evil in their hearts and stir up trouble all day long.
3They make their tongue sharp as a serpent’s, and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah3Their tongues sting like a snake; the venom of a viper drips from 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.4O LORD, keep me out of the hands of the wicked. Protect me from those who are violent, for they are plotting against 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 proud have set a trap to catch me; they have stretched out a net; they have placed traps all 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!6I said to the LORD, “You are my God!” Listen, O LORD, to my cries for mercy!
7O LORD, my Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle.7O Sovereign LORD, the strong one who rescued me, you protected me 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! Selah8LORD, do not let evil people have their way. Do not let their evil schemes succeed, or they will become proud. Interlude
9As for the head of those who surround me, let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!9Let my enemies be destroyed by the very evil they have planned for me.
10Let burning coals fall upon them! Let them be cast into fire, into miry pits, no more to rise!10Let burning coals fall down on their heads. Let them be thrown into the fire or into watery pits from which they can’t escape.
11Let not the slanderer be established in the land; let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!11Don’t let liars prosper here in our land. Cause great disasters to fall on the violent.
12I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy.12But I know the LORD will help those they persecute; he will give justice to the poor.
13Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence.13Surely righteous people are praising your name; the godly will live in your presence.
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Psalm 139
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