Bible: Psalm 140

Psalm 140 1 

140:1 For the music director; a psalm of David.

O Lord, rescue me from wicked men! 2 

Protect me from violent men, 3 

140:2 who plan ways to harm me. 4 

All day long they stir up conflict. 5 

140:3 Their tongues wound like a serpent; 6 

a viper’s 7  venom is behind 8  their lips. (Selah)

140:4 O Lord, shelter me from the power 9  of the wicked!

Protect me from violent men,

who plan to knock me over. 10 

140:5 Proud men hide a snare for me;

evil men 11  spread a net by the path;

they set traps for me. (Selah)

140:6 I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”

O Lord, pay attention to my plea for mercy!

140:7 O sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer, 12 

you shield 13  my head in the day of battle.

140:8 O Lord, do not let the wicked have their way! 14 

Do not allow their 15  plan to succeed when they attack! 16  (Selah)

140:9 As for the heads of those who surround me –

may the harm done by 17  their lips overwhelm them!

140:10 May he rain down 18  fiery coals upon them!

May he throw them into the fire!

From bottomless pits they will not escape. 19 

140:11 A slanderer 20  will not endure on 21  the earth;

calamity will hunt down a violent man and strike him down. 22 

140:12 I know 23  that the Lord defends the cause of the oppressed

and vindicates the poor. 24 

140:13 Certainly the godly will give thanks to your name;

the morally upright will live in your presence.

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