1Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; preserve me from 2violent men,
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who plan evil things in their heart and 3stir up wars continually.
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They make 4their tongue sharp as 5a serpent's, and 6under their lips is the 7venom of asps. Selah
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Guard me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from 8violent men, who have planned to trip up my feet.
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[See ver. 1 above]
The arrogant have 9hidden a trap for me, and with cords they have spread 10a net; beside the way they have set 11snares for me. Selah
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12I say to the LORD, You are my God; give ear to 13the voice of my pleas for mercy, O LORD!
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O LORD, my Lord, 14the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle.
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15Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; do not further their evil plot, or 16they will be exalted! Selah
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As for the head of those who surround me, let 17the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!
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Let 18burning coals fall upon them! Let them be cast into fire, into miry pits, no more to rise!
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Let not the slanderer be established in the land; let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!
I know that the LORD will 19maintain the cause of the afflicted, and 20will execute justice for the needy.
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Surely 21the righteous shall give thanks to your name; 22the upright shall dwell in your presence.
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