Psalm 140; Psalm 141; Psalm 142; Psalm 143; Psalm 144; Psalm 145

1 Rescue me, Lord, from evil men. Keep me safe from violent men 2 who plan evil in their hearts. They stir up wars all day long. 3 They make their tongues as sharp as a snake's bite; viper's venom is under their lips. Selah 4 Protect me, Lord, from the clutches of the wicked. Keep me safe from violent men who plan to make me stumble. 5 The proud hide a trap with ropes for me; they spread a net along the path and set snares for me. Selah 6 I say to the Lord, "You are my God." Listen, Lord, to my cry for help. 7 Lord God , my strong Savior, You shield my head on the day of battle. 8 Lord, do not grant the desires of the wicked; do not let them achieve their goals. [Otherwise,] they will become proud. Selah 9 As for the heads of those who surround me, let the trouble their lips cause overwhelm [them]. 10 Let hot coals fall on them. Let them be thrown into the fire, into the abyss, never again to rise. 11 Do not let a slanderer stay in the land. Let evil relentlessly hunt down a violent man. 12 I know that the Lord upholds the just cause of the poor, justice for the needy. 13 Surely the righteous will praise Your name; the upright will live in Your presence.
1 Lord, I call on You; hurry to [help] me. Listen to my voice when I call on You. 2 May my prayer be set before You as incense, the raising of my hands as the evening offering. 3 Lord, set up a guard for my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips. 4 Do not let my heart turn to any evil thing or wickedly perform reckless acts with men who commit sin. Do not let me feast on their delicacies. 5 Let the righteous one strike me- it is [an act of] faithful love; let him rebuke me- it is oil for my head; let me not refuse it. Even now my prayer is against the evil acts of the wicked. 6 When their rulers will be thrown off the sides of a cliff, the people will listen to my words, for they are pleasing. 7 As when one plows and breaks up the soil, [turning up rocks], so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of Sheol. 8 But my eyes [look] to You, Lord God . I seek refuge in You; do not let me die. 9 Protect me from the trap they have set for me, and from the snares of evildoers. 10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass [safely] by.
1 I cry aloud to the Lord; I plead aloud to the Lord for mercy. 2 I pour out my complaint before Him; I reveal my trouble to Him. 3 Although my spirit is weak within me, You know my way. Along this path I travel they have hidden a trap for me. 4 Look to the right and see: no one stands up for me; there is no refuge for me; no one cares about me. 5 I cry to You, Lord; I say, "You are my shelter, my portion in the land of the living." 6 Listen to my cry, for I am very weak. Rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. 7 Free me from prison so that I can praise Your name. The righteous will gather around me because You deal generously with me.
1 Lord, hear my prayer. In Your faithfulness listen to my plea, and in Your righteousness answer me. 2 Do not bring Your servant into judgment, for no one alive is righteous in Your sight. 3 For the enemy has pursued me, crushing me to the ground, making me live in darkness like those long dead. 4 My spirit is weak within me; my heart is overcome with dismay. 5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all You have done; I reflect on the work of Your hands. 6 I spread out my hands to You; I am like parched land before You. Selah 7 Answer me quickly, Lord; my spirit fails. Don't hide Your face from me, or I will be like those going down to the Pit. 8 Let me experience Your faithful love in the morning, for I trust in You. Reveal to me the way I should go, because I long for You. 9 Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I come to You for protection. 10 Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me on level ground. 11 Because of Your name, Yahweh, let me live. In Your righteousness deliver me from trouble, 12 and in Your faithful love destroy my enemies. Wipe out all those who attack me, for I am Your servant.
1 May the Lord my rock be praised, who trains my hands for battle and my fingers for warfare. 2 He is my faithful love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer. He is my shield, and I take refuge in Him; He subdues my people under me. 3 Lord, what is man, that You care for him, the son of man, that You think of him? 4 Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow. 5 Lord, part Your heavens and come down. Touch the mountains, and they will smoke. 6 Flash [Your] lightning and scatter the foe; shoot Your arrows and rout them. 7 Reach down from on high; rescue me from deep water, and set me free from the grasp of foreigners 8 whose mouths speak lies, whose right hands are deceptive. 9 God, I will sing a new song to You; I will play on a ten-stringed harp for You- 10 the One who gives victory to kings, who frees His servant David from the deadly sword. 11 Set me free and rescue me from the grasp of foreigners whose mouths speak lies, whose right hands are deceptive. 12 Then our sons will be like plants nurtured in their youth, our daughters, like corner pillars that are carved in the palace style. 13 Our storehouses will be full, supplying all kinds of produce; our flocks will increase by thousands and tens of thousands in our open fields. 14 Our cattle will be well fed. There will be no breach [in the walls], no going [into captivity], and no cry of lament in our public squares. 15 Happy are the people with such [blessings]. Happy are the people whose God is the Lord.
1 I exalt You, my God the King, and praise Your name forever and ever. 2 I will praise You every day; I will honor Your name forever and ever. 3 Yahweh is great and is highly praised; His greatness is unsearchable. 4 One generation will declare Your works to the next and will proclaim Your mighty acts. 5 I will speak of Your glorious splendor and Your wonderful works. 6 They will proclaim the power of Your awe-inspiring works, and I will declare Your greatness. 7 They will give a testimony of Your great goodness and will joyfully sing of Your righteousness. 8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and great in faithful love. 9 The Lord is good to everyone; His compassion [rests] on all He has made. 10 All You have made will praise You, Lord; the godly will bless You. 11 They will speak of the glory of Your kingdom and will declare Your might, 12 informing [all] people of Your mighty acts and of the glorious splendor of Your kingdom. 13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; Your rule is for all generations. The Lord is faithful in all His words and gracious in all His actions. 14 The Lord helps all who fall; He raises up all who are oppressed. 15 All eyes look to You, and You give them their food in due time. 16 You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. 17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways and gracious in all His acts. 18 The Lord is near all who call out to Him, all who call out to Him with integrity. 19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry for help and saves them. 20 The Lord guards all those who love Him, but He destroys all the wicked. 21 My mouth will declare the Lord's praise; let every living thing praise His holy name forever and ever.
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