Psalm 140[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Rescue me,(A) Lord, from evildoers;
    protect me from the violent,(B)
who devise evil plans(C) in their hearts
    and stir up war(D) every day.
They make their tongues as sharp as(E) a serpent’s;
    the poison of vipers(F) is on their lips.[b]

Keep me safe,(G) Lord, from the hands of the wicked;(H)
    protect me from the violent,
    who devise ways to trip my feet.
The arrogant have hidden a snare(I) for me;
    they have spread out the cords of their net(J)
    and have set traps(K) for me along my path.

I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”(L)
    Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.(M)
Sovereign Lord,(N) my strong deliverer,
    you shield my head in the day of battle.
Do not grant the wicked(O) their desires, Lord;
    do not let their plans succeed.

Those who surround me proudly rear their heads;
    may the mischief of their lips engulf them.(P)
10 May burning coals fall on them;
    may they be thrown into the fire,(Q)
    into miry pits, never to rise.
11 May slanderers not be established in the land;
    may disaster hunt down the violent.(R)

12 I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor(S)
    and upholds the cause(T) of the needy.(U)
13 Surely the righteous will praise your name,(V)
    and the upright will live(W) in your presence.(X)


  1. Psalm 140:1 In Hebrew texts 140:1-13 is numbered 140:2-14.
  2. Psalm 140:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 5 and 8.

15 Then I will give you shepherds(A) after my own heart,(B) who will lead you with knowledge and understanding. 16 In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land,” declares the Lord, “people will no longer say, ‘The ark(C) of the covenant of the Lord.’ It will never enter their minds or be remembered;(D) it will not be missed, nor will another one be made. 17 At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne(E) of the Lord, and all nations(F) will gather in Jerusalem to honor(G) the name of the Lord. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts.(H) 18 In those days the people of Judah will join the people of Israel,(I) and together(J) they will come from a northern(K) land to the land(L) I gave your ancestors as an inheritance.

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Let no one deceive you(A) with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath(B) comes on those who are disobedient.(C) Therefore do not be partners with them.

For you were once(D) darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light(E) (for the fruit(F) of the light consists in all goodness,(G) righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord.(H) 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness,(I) but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light(J) becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper,(K)
    rise from the dead,(L)
    and Christ will shine on you.”(M)

15 Be very careful, then, how you live(N)—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity,(O) because the days are evil.(P) 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.(Q) 18 Do not get drunk on wine,(R) which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,(S) 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.(T) Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks(U) to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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