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Psalm 140
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Deliver Me, O Lord, from Evil Men

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men;

preserve me from violent men,

2who plan evil things in their heart

and stir up wars continually.

3They make their tongue sharp as a serpent's,

and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah

4Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;

preserve me from violent men,

who have planned to trip up my feet.

5The arrogant have hidden a trap for me,

and with cords they have spread a net;1

beside the way they have set snares for me. Selah

6I say to the Lord, You are my God;

give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O Lord!

7O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation,

you have covered my head in the day of battle.

8Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked;

do not further their2 evil plot, or they will be exalted! Selah

9As for the head of those who surround me,

let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!

10Let burning coals fall upon them!

Let them be cast into fire,

into miry pits, no more to rise!

11Let not the slanderer be established in the land;

let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!

12I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted,

and will execute justice for the needy.

13Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name;

the upright shall dwell in your presence.


  • 1 140:5 Or they have spread cords as a net
  • 2 140:8 Hebrew his

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Psalm 141
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Give Ear to My Voice

A Psalm of David.

1O Lord, I call upon you; hasten to me!

Give ear to my voice when I call to you!

2Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,

and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!

3Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;

keep watch over the door of my lips!

4Do not let my heart incline to any evil,

to busy myself with wicked deeds

in company with men who work iniquity,

and let me not eat of their delicacies!

5Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness;

let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head;

let my head not refuse it.

Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.

6When their judges are thrown over the cliff,1

then they shall hear my words, for they are pleasant.

7As when one plows and breaks up the earth,

so shall our bones be scattered at the mouth of Sheol.2

8But my eyes are toward you, O God, my Lord;

in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!3

9Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me

and from the snares of evildoers!

10Let the wicked fall into their own nets,

while I pass by safely.


  • 1 141:6 Or When their judges fall into the hands of the Rock
  • 2 141:7 The meaning of the Hebrew in verses 6, 7 is uncertain
  • 3 141:8 Hebrew refuge; do not pour out my life!

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