For the [music] director. A psalm of David.

Prayer for Help in the Face of Enemies

1 Rescue me, O Yahweh, from evil men. Preserve me from violent men,

References for Psalms 140:1

    • a 140:1 - The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
    • b 140:1 - The several uses of the singular "man" in this psalm are probably collective
      2 who plan evil [things] in [their] heart. They stir up wars continually.
      3 They sharpen their tongue as [sharp as] a snake's; [the] venom of a viper [is] under their lips. Selah
      4 Protect me, O Yahweh, from [the] hands of [the] wicked. Preserve me from violent men, who have planned to {make me stumble}.

      References for Psalms 140:4

        • c 140:4 - Literally "push my steps"
          5 [The] proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords. They have spread out a net along [the] {side} of [the] path. They have set snares for me. Selah

          References for Psalms 140:5

            • d 140:5 - Literally "hand"
              6 I say to Yahweh, "You [are] my God." Listen, O Yahweh, to the voice of my supplications.
              7 O Yahweh, my Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in [the] day of battle.
              8 Do not grant, O Yahweh, [the] desires of [the] wicked. Do not allow [them] to attain their plan, lest they be exalted. Selah

              References for Psalms 140:8

                  9 [With respect to the] head of [those who] surround me, may the harm of their lips cover them.
                  10 Let burning coals fall on them; let them be dropped into the fire, into bottomless pits [from which] they cannot rise.
                  11 Do not let a {slanderer} be established in the land; as for [the] man of violence, let evil hunt him quickly.

                  References for Psalms 140:11

                    • f 140:11 - Literally "man of tongue"
                      12 I know that Yahweh will maintain [the] cause of [the] afflicted, [and] justice for [the] needy.

                      References for Psalms 140:12

                        • g 140:12 - According to the reading tradition (Qere)
                          13 Surely [the] righteous will give thanks to your name; [the] upright will dwell in your presence.