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Psalm 56

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Psalm 56

Prayer for Relief from Tormentors

To the Chief Musician. Set to 1“The Silent Dove in Distant Lands.” a Michtam of David When the aPhilistines Captured Him in Gath.

1 Be bmerciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up;

Fighting all day he oppresses me.

2 My enemies would chound me all day,

For there are many who fight against me, O Most High.

3 Whenever I am afraid,

I will trust in You.

4 In God (I will praise His word),

In God I have put my trust;

dI will not fear.

What can flesh do to me?

5 All day they twist my words;

All their thoughts are against me for evil.

6 They gather together,

They hide, they mark my steps,

When they lie in wait for my life.

7 Shall they escape by iniquity?

In anger cast down the peoples, O God!

8 You number my wanderings;

Put my tears into Your bottle;

eAre they not in Your book?

9 When I cry out to You,

Then my enemies will turn back;

This I know, because fGod is for me.

10 In God (I will praise His word),

In the Lord (I will praise His word),

11 In God I have put my trust;

I will not be afraid.

What can man do to me?

12 Vows made to You are binding upon me, O God;

I will render praises to You,

13 gFor You have delivered my soul from death.

Have You not kept my feet from falling,

That I may walk before God

In the hlight of the living?

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Psalm 120

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Psalm 120

Plea for Relief from Bitter Foes

A Song of Ascents.

1 In amy distress I cried to the Lord, And He heard me.

2 Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips

And from a deceitful tongue.

3 What shall be given to you,

Or what shall be done to you,

You false tongue?

4 Sharp arrows of the 1warrior,

With coals of the broom tree!

5 Woe is me, that I dwell in bMeshech,

cThat I dwell among the tents of Kedar!

6 My soul has dwelt too long

With one who hates peace.

7 I am for peace;

But when I speak, they are for war.

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Psalm 140–142

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Psalm 140

Prayer for Deliverance from Evil Men

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men;

Preserve me from violent men,

2 Who plan evil things in their hearts;

aThey continually gather together for war.

3 They sharpen their tongues like a serpent;

The bpoison of asps is under their lips.


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

Preserve me from violent men,

Who have purposed to make my steps stumble.

5 The proud have hidden a dsnare for me, and cords;

They have spread a net by the wayside;

They have set traps for me.


6 I said to the Lord: “You are my God;

Hear the voice of my supplications, O Lord.

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

You have 1covered my head in the day of battle.

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

Do not further his wicked scheme,

eLest they be exalted.


9As for the head of those who surround me,

Let the evil of their lips cover them;

10 fLet burning coals fall upon them;

Let them be cast into the fire,

Into deep pits, that they rise not up again.

11 Let not a slanderer be established in the earth;

Let evil hunt the violent man to overthrow him.”

12 I know that the Lord will gmaintain

The cause of the afflicted,

And justice for the poor.

13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name;

The upright shall dwell in Your presence.

Psalm 141

Prayer for Safekeeping from Wickedness

A Psalm of David.

1 Lord, I cry out to You;

Make haste to me!

Give ear to my voice when I cry out to You.

2 Let my prayer be set before You aas incense,

bThe lifting up of my hands as cthe evening sacrifice.

3 Set a guard, O Lord, over my dmouth;

Keep watch over the door of my lips.

4 Do not incline my heart to any evil thing,

To practice wicked works

With men who work iniquity;

eAnd do not let me eat of their delicacies.

5 fLet the righteous strike me;

It shall be a kindness.

And let him rebuke me;

It shall be as excellent oil;

Let my head not refuse it.

For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.

6 Their judges are overthrown by the sides of the 1cliff,

And they hear my words, for they are sweet.

7 Our bones are scattered at the mouth of the grave,

As when one plows and breaks up the earth.

8 But gmy eyes are upon You, O God the Lord;

In You I take refuge;

2Do not leave my soul destitute.

9 Keep me from hthe snares they have laid for me,

And from the traps of the workers of iniquity.

10 iLet the wicked fall into their own nets,

While I escape safely.

Psalm 142

A Plea for Relief from Persecutors

A aContemplation 1Of David. A Prayer bWhen He Was in the Cave.

1 I cry out to the Lord with my voice;

With my voice to the Lord I make my supplication.

2 I pour out my complaint before Him;

I declare before Him my trouble.

3 When my spirit 2was coverwhelmed within me,

Then You knew my path.

In the way in which I walk

They have secretly dset a snare for me.

4 Look on my right hand and see,

For there is no one who acknowledges me;

Refuge has failed me;

No one cares for my soul.

5 I cried out to You, O Lord:

I said, “You are my refuge,

My portion in the land of the living.

6 3Attend to my cry,

For I am brought very low;

Deliver me from my persecutors,

For they are stronger than I.

7 Bring my soul out of prison,

That I may epraise Your name;

The righteous shall surround me,

For You shall deal bountifully with me.”

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