Deliver Me, O Lord, from Evil Men

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1 1Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; preserve me from 2violent men,

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2 who plan evil things in their heart and 3stir up wars continually.

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3 They make 4their tongue sharp as 5a serpent's, and 6under their lips is the 7venom of asps. Selah

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      4 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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        • 3982 140:4 - [See ver. 1 above]
          5 The arrogant have 9hidden a trap for me, and with cords they have spread 10a net;a beside the way they have set 11snares for me. Selah

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            • Œ 140:5 - Or they have spread cords as a net
              6 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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              7 O LORD, my Lord, 14the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle.

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              8 15Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; do not further theirb evil plot, or 16they will be exalted! Selah

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                  9 As for the head of those who surround me, let 17the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!

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                  10 Let 18burning coals fall upon them! Let them be cast into fire, into miry pits, no more to rise!

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                  11 Let not the slanderer be established in the land; let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!
                  12 I know that the LORD will 19maintain the cause of the afflicted, and 20will execute justice for the needy.

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                  13 Surely 21the righteous shall give thanks to your name; 22the upright shall dwell in your presence.

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