Psalms

Psalm 140 ©

1David prayeth God to deliver him from the mischief of his enemies, 8to frustrate their devices, and turn their evil upon themselves: 12his confidence in God's vindication of the poor man's cause.

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aTo the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

a Ps. 4, title.
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DELIVERb me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the 1violent man;

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cWhich imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they dgathered together for war.

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They ehave sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah.

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fKeep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.

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The gproud have hid a snare for me, and hcords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah.

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I isaid unto the LORD, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.

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O GOD the Lord, jthe strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.

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kGrant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: 2further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.

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As for lthe head of those that *compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.

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Let mburning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into ndeep pits, that they rise not up again.

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Let not 3an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

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I know othat the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.

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Surely the prighteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall qdwell in thy presence.