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Psalm 140 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Prayer for Protection against the Wicked.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:1 - For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
Rescue me, O LORD, from evil men;
Preserve me from violent men
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:2 - Who devise evil things in their hearts;
They continually stir up wars.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:3 - They sharpen their tongues as a serpent;
Poison of a viper is under their lips. [fn]Selah.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:4 - Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked;
Preserve me from violent men
Who have [fn]purposed to [fn]trip up my feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:5 - The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords;
They have spread a net by the [fn]wayside;
They have set snares for me. Selah.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:6 - I said to the LORD, “You are my God;
Give ear, O LORD, to the voice of my supplications.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:7 - “O [fn]GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation,
You have covered my head in the day of [fn]battle.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:8 - “Do not grant, O LORD, the desires of the wicked;
Do not promote his evil device, that they not be exalted. Selah.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:9 - “As for the head of those who surround me,
May the mischief of their lips cover them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:10 - “May burning coals fall upon them;
May they be cast into the fire,
Into [fn]deep pits from which they cannot rise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:11 - “May a [fn]slanderer not be established in the earth;
May evil hunt the violent man [fn]speedily.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:12 - I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted
And justice for the poor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:13 - Surely the righteous will give thanks to Your name;
The upright will dwell in Your presence.
NASB95 Footnotes
Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
Or, devised
Literally: push violently
Literally: track
Hebrew: YHWH, usually rendered LORD
Literally: weapons
Literally: watery
Literally: man of tongue
Literally: thrust upon thrust

New American Standard Bible 1995
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