140 Rescue me, Lord, from evil people; Protect me from violent men 2 Who devise evil things in their hearts; They continually stir up wars. 3 They sharpen their tongues like a snake; The venom of a viper is under their lips. Selah
4 Keep me, Lord, from the hands of the wicked; Protect me from violent men Who [a]intend to [b]trip up my feet. 5 The proud have hidden a trap for me, and snares; They have spread a net at the [c]wayside; They have set snares for me. Selah
6 I said to the Lord, “You are my God; Listen, Lord, to the sound of my pleadings. 7 [d]God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head on the day of [e]battle. 8 Do not grant, Lord, the desires of the wicked; Do not bring about his evil planning, so that they are not exalted. Selah
9 “As for the head of those who surround me, May the harm of their lips cover them. 10 May burning coals fall upon them; May they be cast into the fire, Into bottomless pits from which they cannot rise. 11 May a [f]slanderer not endure on the earth; May evil hunt a violent person [g]violently.”
12 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, And justice for the poor. 13 Certainly the righteous will give thanks to Your name; The upright will dwell in Your presence.
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