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Psalm 140 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Prayer for Rescue

For the choir director. A psalm of David.

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Rescue me, LORD, from evil men.

Keep me safe from violent men

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who plan evil in their hearts.

They stir up wars all day long.

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They make their tongues

as sharp as a snake’s bite;

viper’s venom is under their lips.Selah

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Protect me, LORD,

from the power of the wicked.

Keep me safe from violent men

who plan to make me stumble.[fn]

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The proud hide a trap with ropes for me;

they spread a net along the path

and set snares for me.Selah

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I say to the LORD, “You are my God.”

Listen, LORD, to my cry for help.

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LORD, my Lord, my strong Savior,

you shield my head on the day of battle.

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LORD, do not grant the desires of the wicked;

do not let them achieve their goals.

Otherwise, they will become proud.Selah

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When those who surround me rise up,[fn]

may the trouble their lips cause overwhelm them.

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Let hot coals fall on them.

Let them be thrown into the fire,

into the abyss, never again to rise.

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Do not let a slanderer stay in the land.

Let evil relentlessly[fn] hunt down a violent man.

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I[fn] know that the LORD upholds

the just cause of the poor,

justice for the needy.

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Surely the righteous will praise your name;

the upright will live in your presence.

CSB Footnotes
Lit to trip up my steps
Lit Head of those who surround me
Hb obscure
Alt Hb tradition reads You

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