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Psalm 140 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Deliver Me, O Lord, from Evil Men

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:1 - To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men;
preserve me from violent men,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:2 - who plan evil things in their heart
and stir up wars continually.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:3 - They make their tongue sharp as a serpent’s,
and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:4 - Guard me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked;
preserve me from violent men,
who have planned to trip up my feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:5 - The arrogant have hidden a trap for me,
and with cords they have spread a net;[fn]
beside the way they have set snares for me. Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:6 - I say to the LORD, You are my God;
give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O LORD!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:7 - O LORD, my Lord, the strength of my salvation,
you have covered my head in the day of battle.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:8 - Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked;
do not further their[fn] evil plot, or they will be exalted! Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:9 - As for the head of those who surround me,
let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:10 - Let burning coals fall upon them!
Let them be cast into fire,
into miry pits, no more to rise!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:11 - Let not the slanderer be established in the land;
let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:12 - I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted,
and will execute justice for the needy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:13 - Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name;
the upright shall dwell in your presence.
ESV Footnotes
Or they have spread cords as a net
Hebrew his

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