Psalm 140:1–13

1 aRescue me, O Lord, from evil men;

Preserve me from bviolent men

2 Who adevise evil things in their hearts;

They bcontinually stir up wars.

3 They asharpen their tongues as a serpent;

bPoison of a viper is under their lips.


4 aKeep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;

bPreserve me from violent men

Who have 1purposed to 2ctrip up my feet.

5 The proud have ahidden a trap for me, and cords;

They have spread a bnet by the 1wayside;

They have set csnares for me.


6 I asaid to the Lord, “You are my God;

bGive ear, O Lord, to the cvoice of my supplications.

7 “O 1God the Lord, athe strength of my salvation,

You have bcovered my head in the day of 2battle.

8 “Do not grant, O Lord, the adesires of the wicked;

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


9 “As for the head of those who surround me,

May the amischief of their lips cover them.

10 “May aburning coals fall upon them;

May they be bcast into the fire,

Into 1deep pits from which they ccannot rise.

11 “May a 1slanderer not be established in the earth;

aMay evil hunt the violent man 2speedily.”

12 I know that the Lord will amaintain the cause of the afflicted

And bjustice for the poor.

13 Surely the arighteous will give thanks to Your name;

The bupright will dwell in Your presence.

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