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Rescue Me, O Yahweh, from Evil Men

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

140 (A)Rescue me, O Yahweh, from evil men;
Guard me from (B)violent men
Who (C)think up evil things in their hearts;
They (D)continually stir up wars.
They (E)sharpen their tongues as a serpent;
(F)Poison of an asp is under their lips. [a]Selah.

(G)Keep me, O Yahweh, from the hands of the wicked;
(H)Guard me from violent men
Who [b]give thought to [c](I)trip up my steps.
The proud have (J)hidden a trap for me, and cords;
They have spread a (K)net by the [d]wayside;
They have set (L)snares for me. Selah.

I (M)said to Yahweh, “You are my God;
(N)Give ear, O Yahweh, to the (O)voice of my supplications.
O Yahweh, O Lord, (P)the strength of my salvation,
You have (Q)covered my head in the day of [e]battle.
Do not grant, O Yahweh, the (R)desires of the wicked;
Do not promote (S)his evil [f]scheme, that they not be exalted. Selah.

“As for the head of those who surround me,
May the (T)trouble from their lips cover them.
10 May (U)burning coals be shaken out upon them;
May He (V)cause them to fall into the fire,
Into [g]bottomless pits from which they (W)can never rise.
11 May a [h]slanderer not be established in the earth;
(X)May evil hunt the violent man [i]speedily.”

12 I know that Yahweh will (Y)maintain the cause for the afflicted
And (Z)judgment for the needy.
13 Surely the (AA)righteous will give thanks to Your name;
The (AB)upright will abide in Your presence.


  1. Psalm 140:3 Selah may mean Pause, Crescendo, Musical Interlude
  2. Psalm 140:4 Or devised
  3. Psalm 140:4 Lit push violently my steps
  4. Psalm 140:5 Lit track
  5. Psalm 140:7 Lit weapons
  6. Psalm 140:8 Or plan
  7. Psalm 140:10 Lit watery
  8. Psalm 140:11 Lit man of tongue
  9. Psalm 140:11 Lit thrust upon thrust