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Psalm 140

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David prays to be delivered from Saul and Doeg.

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.

140:1 Deliver me, Yahweh, from the evil man.
Preserve me from the violent man;

140:2 those who devise mischief in their hearts.
They continually gather themselves together for war.

140:3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent.
Viperís poison is under their lips.


140:4 Yahweh, keep me from the hands of the wicked.
Preserve me from the violent men who have determined to trip my feet.

140:5 The proud have hidden a snare for me,
they have spread the cords of a net by the path.
They have set traps for me.


140:6 I said to Yahweh, ďYou are my God.Ē
Listen to the cry of my petitions, Yahweh.

140:7 Yahweh, the Lord, the strength of my salvation,
you have covered my head in the day of battle.

He prays against them.

140:8 Yahweh, donít grant the desires of the wicked.
Donít let their evil plans succeed, or they will become proud.


140:9 As for the head of those who surround me,
let the mischief of their own lips cover them.

140:10 Let burning coals fall on them.
Let them be thrown into the fire,
into miry pits, from where they never rise.

140:11 An evil speaker wonít be established in the earth.
Evil will hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

He comforts himself by confidence in God.

140:12 I know that Yahweh will maintain the cause of the afflicted,
and justice for the needy.

140:13 Surely the righteous will give thanks to your name.
The upright will dwell in your presence.

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