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Psalm 140 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:1 - [fn]For the director of music. A psalm of David. Rescue me, LORD, from evildoers; protect me from the violent,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:2 - who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:3 - They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers is on their lips.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:4 - Keep me safe, LORD, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from the violent, who devise ways to trip my feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:5 - The arrogant have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:6 - I say to the LORD, “You are my God.” Hear, LORD, my cry for mercy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:7 - Sovereign LORD, my strong deliverer, you shield my head in the day of battle.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:8 - Do not grant the wicked their desires, LORD; do not let their plans succeed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:9 - Those who surround me proudly rear their heads; may the mischief of their lips engulf them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:10 - May burning coals fall on them; may they be thrown into the fire, into miry pits, never to rise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:11 - May slanderers not be established in the land; may disaster hunt down the violent.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:12 - I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:13 - Surely the righteous will praise your name, and the upright will live in your presence.
NIV Footnotes
In Hebrew texts 140:1-13 is numbered 140:2-14.
The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 5 and 8.

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