Psalm 140 (New American Standard)

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Prayer for Protection against the Wicked.

1 1Rescue me, O LORD, from evil men ; Preserve me from 2violent men 2 Who 3devise evil things in their hearts ; They 4continually stir up wars. 3 They 5sharpen their tongues as a serpent ; 6Poison of a viper is under their lips. aSelah. 4 7Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked ; 8Preserve me from violent men Who have bpurposed to c9trip up my feet. 5 The proud have 10hidden a trap for me, and cords ; They have spread a 11net by the dwayside ; They have set 12snares for me. Selah. 6 I 13said to the LORD, "You are my God ; 14Give ear, O LORD, to the 15voice of my supplications. 7 "O eGOD the Lord, 16the strength of my salvation, You have 17covered my head in the day of fbattle. 8 "Do not grant, O LORD, the 18desires of the wicked ; Do not promote 19his evil device, that they not be exalted. Selah. 9 "As for the head of those who surround me, May the 20mischief of their lips cover them. 10 "May 21burning coals fall upon them; May they be 22cast into the fire, Into gdeep pits from which they 23cannot rise. 11 "May a hslanderer not be established in the earth ; 24May evil hunt the violent man ispeedily." 12 I know that the LORD will 25maintain the cause of the afflicted And 26justice for the poor. 13 Surely the 27righteous will give thanks to Your name ; The 28upright will dwell in Your presence.
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