Prayer for Protection against the Wicked.

1 1Rescue me, O LORD, from evil men; Preserve me from 2violent men
3 They 5sharpen their tongues as a serpent; 6Poison of a viper is under their lips. Selah.

References for Psalms 140:3

    • a 140:3 - "Selah" may mean: "Pause, Crescendo" or "Musical interlude"
      4 7Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; 8Preserve me from violent men Who have purposed to 9trip up my feet.

      References for Psalms 140:4

        • b 140:4 - Or "devised"
        • c 140:4 - Lit "push violently"
          5 The proud have 10hidden a trap for me, and cords; They have spread a 11net by the wayside; 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.

          References for Psalms 140:6

          7 "O GOD the Lord, 16the strength of my salvation, You have 17covered my head in the day of battle.

          References for Psalms 140:7

            • e 140:7 - Heb "YHWH," usually rendered LORD
            • f 140:7 - Lit "weapons"
              8 "Do not grant, O LORD, the 18desires of the wicked; Do not promote 19his evil device, that they not be exalted. Selah.

              References for Psalms 140:8

              9 "As for the head of those who surround me, May the 20mischief of their lips cover them.

              References for Psalms 140:9

              10 "May 21burning coals fall upon them; May they be 22cast into the fire, Into deep pits from which they 23cannot rise.

              References for Psalms 140:10

              11 "May a slanderer * not be established in the earth; 24May evil hunt the violent man speedily."

              References for Psalms 140:11

                • h 140:11 - Lit "man of tongue"
                • i 140:11 - Lit "thrust upon thrust"
                  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.

                  References for Psalms 140:13