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Psalm 140:1–8

aDeliver me, O Lord, bfrom the evil man:

bPreserve me from the violent man;

Which imagine mischiefs in their heart;

Continually are they cgathered together for war.

dThey have sharpened their tongues like ea serpent;

fAdders’ epoison is gunder their lips. Selah.

Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;

bPreserve me from the violent man;

Who have purposed to hoverthrow my goings.

The proud have ihid ka snare for me, and lcords;

They have spread a mnet by the wayside;

They have set ngins for me. Selah.

I nnsaid unto the Lord, Thou art my God:

Hear othe voice of my supplications, O Lord.

O God the Lord, pthe strength of my salvation,

Thou hast qcovered my head in the day of rbattle.

Grant not, O Lord, sthe desires of the wicked:

Further not his wicked device;

||tLest they exalt themselves. Selah.

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Psalm 140:1–8 — The New International Version (NIV)

Rescue me, Lord, from evildoers;

protect me from the violent,

who devise evil plans in their hearts

and stir up war every day.

They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s;

the poison of vipers is on their lips.

Keep me safe, Lord, from the hands of the wicked;

protect me from the violent,

who devise ways to trip my feet.

The arrogant have hidden a snare for me;

they have spread out the cords of their net

and have set traps for me along my path.

I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”

Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.

Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer,

you shield my head in the day of battle.

Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord;

do not let their plans succeed.

Psalm 140:1–8 — English Standard Version (ESV)

Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men;

preserve me from violent men,

who plan evil things in their heart

and stir up wars continually.

They make their tongue sharp as a serpent’s,

and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah

Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;

preserve me from violent men,

who have planned to trip up my feet.

The arrogant have hidden a trap for me,

and with cords they have spread a net;

beside the way they have set snares for me. Selah

I say to the Lord, You are my God;

give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O Lord!

O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation,

you have covered my head in the day of battle.

Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked;

do not further their evil plot, or they will be exalted! Selah

Psalm 140:1–8 — New Living Translation (NLT)

O Lord, rescue me from evil people.

Protect me from those who are violent,

those who plot evil in their hearts

and stir up trouble all day long.

Their tongues sting like a snake;

the venom of a viper drips from their lips.

Interlude

O Lord, keep me out of the hands of the wicked.

Protect me from those who are violent,

for they are plotting against me.

The proud have set a trap to catch me;

they have stretched out a net;

they have placed traps all along the way.

Interlude

I said to the Lord, “You are my God!”

Listen, O Lord, to my cries for mercy!

O Sovereign Lord, the strong one who rescued me,

you protected me on the day of battle.

Lord, do not let evil people have their way.

Do not let their evil schemes succeed,

or they will become proud.

Interlude

Psalm 140:1–8 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men;

Preserve me from violent men,

Who plan evil things in their hearts;

They continually gather together for war.

They sharpen their tongues like a serpent;

The poison of asps is under their lips.

Selah

Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;

Preserve me from violent men,

Who have purposed to make my steps stumble.

The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords;

They have spread a net by the wayside;

They have set traps for me.

Selah

I said to the Lord: “You are my God;

Hear the voice of my supplications, O Lord.

O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation,

You have covered my head in the day of battle.

Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked;

Do not further his wicked scheme,

Lest they be exalted.

Selah

Psalm 140:1–8 — New Century Version (NCV)

Lord, rescue me from evil people;

protect me from cruel people

who make evil plans,

who always start fights.

They make their tongues sharp as a snake’s;

their words are like snake poison.

Selah

Lord, guard me from the power of wicked people;

protect me from cruel people

who plan to trip me up.

The proud hid a trap for me.

They spread out a net beside the road;

they set traps for me.

Selah

I said to the Lord, “You are my God.”

Lord, listen to my prayer for help.

Lord God, my mighty savior,

you protect me in battle.

Lord, do not give the wicked what they want.

Don’t let their plans succeed,

or they will become proud.

Selah

Psalm 140:1–8 — American Standard Version (ASV)

Deliver me, O Jehovah, from the evil man;

Preserve me from the violent man:

Who devise mischiefs in their heart;

Continually do they gather themselves together for war.

They have sharpened their tongue like a serpent;

Adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah

Keep me, O Jehovah, from the hands of the wicked;

Preserve me from the violent man:

Who have purposed to thrust aside my steps.

The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords;

They have spread a net by the wayside;

They have set gins for me. Selah

I said unto Jehovah, Thou art my God:

Give ear unto the voice of my supplications, O Jehovah.

O Jehovah the Lord, the strength of my salvation,

Thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.

Grant not, O Jehovah, the desires of the wicked;

Further not his evil device, lest they exalt themselves. Selah

Psalm 140:1–8 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

Free me, O Jehovah, from the evil man; preserve me from the violent man: Who devise mischiefs in their heart; every day are they banded together for war. They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah. Keep me, O Jehovah, from the hands of the wicked man, preserve me from the violent man, who devise to overthrow my steps. The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the way-side; they have set traps for me. Selah. I have said unto Jehovah, Thou art my •God: give ear, O Jehovah, to the voice of my supplications. Jehovah, the Lord, is the strength of my salvation: thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.

Grant not, O Jehovah, the desire of the wicked; further not his device: they would exalt themselves. Selah.

Psalm 140:1–8 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Rescue me from evil people, O Lord

Keep me safe from violent people. 

They plan evil things in their hearts. 

They start fights every day. 

They make their tongues as sharp as a snake’s ⸤fang⸥. 

Their lips hide the venom of poisonous snakes. 

Selah 

Protect me from the hands of wicked people, O Lord

Keep me safe from violent people. 

They try to trip me. 

Arrogant people have laid a trap for me. 

They have spread out a net with ropes. 

They have set traps for me along the road. 

Selah 

I said to the Lord, “You are my God.” 

O Lord, open your ears to hear my plea for pity. 

O Lord Almighty, the strong one who saves me, 

you have covered my head in the day of battle. 

O Lord, do not give wicked people what they want. 

Do not let their evil plans succeed, 

⸤or⸥ they will become arrogant. 

Selah 

Psalm 140:1–8 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Rescue me, Lord, from evil men.

Keep me safe from violent men

who plan evil in their hearts.

They stir up wars all day long.

They make their tongues

as sharp as a snake’s bite;

viper’s venom is under their lips. Selah

Protect me, Lord,

from the clutches of the wicked.

Keep me safe from violent men

who plan to make me stumble.

The proud hide a trap with ropes for me;

they spread a net along the path

and set snares for me. Selah

I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”

Listen, Lord, to my cry for help.

Lord God, my strong Savior,

You shield my head on the day of battle.

Lord, do not grant the desires of the wicked;

do not let them achieve their goals.

Otherwise, they will become proud. Selah

Psalm 140:1–8 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Deliver me, O Lord, from evildoers;

protect me from those who are violent,

who plan evil things in their minds

and stir up wars continually.

They make their tongue sharp as a snake’s,

and under their lips is the venom of vipers. Selah

Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;

protect me from the violent

who have planned my downfall.

The arrogant have hidden a trap for me,

and with cords they have spread a net,

along the road they have set snares for me. Selah

I say to the Lord, “You are my God;

give ear, O Lord, to the voice of my supplications.”

O Lord, my Lord, my strong deliverer,

you have covered my head in the day of battle.

Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked;

do not further their evil plot. Selah

Psalm 140:1–8 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Rescue me, O Yahweh, from evil men.

Preserve me from violent men,

who plan evil things in their heart.

They stir up wars continually.

They sharpen their tongue as sharp as a snake’s;

the venom of a viper is under their lips. Selah

Protect me, O Yahweh, from the hands of the wicked.

Preserve me from violent men,

who have planned to make me stumble.

The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords.

They have spread out a net along the side of the path.

They have set snares for me. Selah

I say to Yahweh, “You are my God.”

Listen, O Yahweh, to the voice of my supplications.

O Yahweh, my Lord, the strength of my salvation,

you have covered my head in the day of battle.

Do not grant, O Yahweh, the desires of the wicked.

Do not allow them to attain their plan, lest they be exalted. Selah

Psalm 140:1–8 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

Lord, save me from sinful men.

Keep me safe from those who want to hurt me.

They make evil plans in their hearts.

They are always starting fights.

Their tongues are as deadly as the tongue of a serpent.

The words from their lips are like the poison of a snake. Selah

Lord, keep me out of the hands of sinful people.

Keep me safe from men who want to hurt me.

They plan to trip me up and make me fall.

Proud people have hidden their traps to catch me.

They have spread out their nets.

They have set traps for me along my path. Selah

Lord, I say to you, “You are my God.”

Lord, hear my cry for your favor.

Lord and King, you save me because you are strong.

You are like a shield that keeps me safe in the day of battle.

Lord, don’t give sinners what they want.

Don’t let their plans succeed.

If you do, they will become proud. Selah

Psalm 140:1–8 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men;

Preserve me from violent men

Who devise evil things in their hearts;

They continually stir up wars.

They sharpen their tongues as a serpent;

Poison of a viper is under their lips.

Selah.

Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;

Preserve me from violent men

Who have purposed to trip up my feet.

The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords;

They have spread a net by the wayside;

They have set snares for me.

Selah.

I said to the Lord, “You are my God;

Give ear, O Lord, to the voice of my supplications.

“O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation,

You have covered my head in the day of battle.

“Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked;

Do not promote his evil device, that they not be exalted.

Selah.


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