Psalm 140 ©

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


aTo the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

a Ps. 4, title.

DELIVERb me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the 1violent man;


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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