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Psalm 140 English Standard Version (ESV)

Deliver Me, O Lord, from Evil Men

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

140 Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men;
    preserve me from violent men,
who plan evil things in their heart
    and stir up wars continually.
They make their tongue sharp as a serpent's,
    and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah

Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
    preserve me from violent men,
    who have planned to trip up my feet.
The arrogant have hidden a trap for me,
    and with cords they have spread a net;[a]
    beside the way they have set snares for me. Selah

I say to the Lord, You are my God;
    give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O Lord!
O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation,
    you have covered my head in the day of battle.
Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked;
    do not further their[b] evil plot, or they will be exalted! Selah

As for the head of those who surround me,
    let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!
10 Let burning coals fall upon them!
    Let them be cast into fire,
    into miry pits, no more to rise!
11 Let not the slanderer be established in the land;
    let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!

12 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted,
    and will execute justice for the needy.
13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name;
    the upright shall dwell in your presence.


  1. Psalm 140:5 Or they have spread cords as a net
  2. Psalm 140:8 Hebrew his
English Standard Version (ESV)

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Psalm 140 The Voice (VOICE)

Psalm 140

For the worship leader. A song of David.

Save me, O Eternal One, from the evil men who seek my life.
    Shield me from this band of violent men.
Their hearts devise evil! They conspire against me;
    they are constantly causing a storm of war.
These snakes have sharpened their tongues;
    viper venom hides beneath their lips.[a]


Keep me from the grip of these cruel men, O Eternal One.
    Shield me from this band of violent men
    whose only intention is to trip me up and undermine all I do.
Those arrogant people are trying to catch me;
    they’ve laid their trap, hiding a net along my path;
    their traps are set, and I am the prey.


“Eternal One,” I said, “You are my one and only God.
    Hear me, O Eternal, hear my humble cry for rescue.
O Lord, Eternal One, power of my deliverance,
    You are my helmet in the day of battle.
So do not fulfill the desires of these evildoers, Eternal One;
    do not advance their evil schemes, lest they brag about their successes.


“As for the gang leader of those who surround me,
    let their mischievous words cover them; smother them in trouble.
10 Let hot coals fall from heaven upon them
    and cast them into the roaring fires.
    May they sink into the muddy marsh from which there is no return.
11 Let no liar find a home anywhere in the land;
    let evil hunt down the violent man and do him in quickly.”

12 I am certain the Eternal supports the cause of the distressed;
    the poor will receive the justice they deserve.
13 Indeed, the just-living will glorify Your name,
    and honorable people will be at home in Your presence.


  1. 140:3 Romans 3:13
  2. 140:3 Literally, selah, likely a musical direction from a Hebrew root meaning “to lift up”
The Voice (VOICE)

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