Psalm 140

Prayer for Rescue

For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.

1 Rescue me, Lord, from evil men. Keep me safe from violent mena
2 who plan evilb 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.c Selah
4 Protect me, Lord, from the clutches of the wicked.d Keep me safe from violent men who plan to make me stumble.e
5 The proud hide a trap with ropes for me;f they spread a net along the path and set snares for me. Selah
6 I say to the Lord, "You are my God."g 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 relentlesslyh hunt down a violent man.
12 Ii know that the Lord upholds the just cause of the poor, justice for the needy.j
13 Surely the righteous will praise Your name; the upright will live in Your presence.