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To the Overcomer, A Psalm of David.

¶ Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man; preserve me from the man of violence.

Who devise evil in their heart; they are continually gathered together for war.

They have sharpened their tongue like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah.

Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the man of violence, who have purposed to overthrow my steps.

The proud have hid a snare for me and cords; they have spread a net; on the path they have set snares for me. Selah.

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

O GOD the Lord, the strength of my saving health, cover thou my head in the day of battle.

¶ Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; do not further his wicked thought lest they exalt themselves. Selah.

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

10 Let burning coals fall upon them; let them be cast into the fire, into deep pits, that they not rise up again.

11 The man with an evil tongue shall not be established in the earth; evil shall hunt the man of violence to overthrow him.

12 I know that the LORD will effect the judgment of the poor and the judgment of the destitute.

13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name; the upright shall dwell in thy presence.

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