Prayer for Rescue

For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.

1 Rescue me, Lord, from evil men. Keep me safe from violent mena
References for Psalms 140:1
    • a 140:1 - Ps 18:48; 2 Sm 22:49
      2 who plan evilb in their hearts. They stir up wars all day long.
      References for Psalms 140:2
        • b 140:2 - Ps 21:11; 35:4; 41:7
          3 They make their tongues as sharp as a snake's bite; viper's venom is under their lips.c Selah
          References for Psalms 140:3
              4 Protect me, Lord, from the clutches of the wicked.d Keep me safe from violent men who plan to make me stumble.e
              References for Psalms 140:4
                • d 140:4 - Ps 71:4; 82:4; 97:10
                • e 140:4 - Lit to trip up my steps
                  5 The proud hide a trap with ropes for me;f they spread a net along the path and set snares for me. Selah
                  References for Psalms 140:5
                    • f 140:5 - Ps 142:3; Jr 18:22
                      6 I say to the Lord, "You are my God."g Listen, Lord, to my cry for help.
                      References for Psalms 140:6
                        • g 140:6 - Ps 22:10; 63:1; 118:28
                          7 Lord God , my strong Savior, You shield my head on the day of battle.
                          8 Lord, do not grant the desires of the wicked; do not let them achieve their goals. [Otherwise,] they will become proud. Selah
                          9 As for the heads of those who surround me, let the trouble their lips cause overwhelm [them].
                          10 Let hot coals fall on them. Let them be thrown into the fire, into the abyss, never again to rise.
                          11 Do not let a slanderer stay in the land. Let evil relentlesslyh hunt down a violent man.
                          References for Psalms 140:11
                              12 Ii know that the Lord upholds the just cause of the poor, justice for the needy.j
                              References for Psalms 140:12
                                • i 140:12 - Alt Hb tradition reads You
                                • j 140:12 - Pr 31:9; Jr 22:16
                                  13 Surely the righteous will praise Your name; the upright will live in Your presence.