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Psalm 140

Rescue Me From Evil Men

For the choir director. A psalm by David.

Plea for Deliverance

Keep me safe, Lord, from the evil man.
Protect me from the violent man,
who plans evil in his heart.
Every day they gather for battle.
They sharpen their tongues like a snake. Interlude
The poison of vipers is under their lips.
Keep me safe, Lord, from the hands of the wicked.
Protect me from the violent man, who plans to trip my feet.
The proud have hidden a snare for me, and ropes.[a]
They have spread out a net along my route. Interlude
They have set traps for me.


I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”
Hear, O Lord, the sound of my cry for mercy.
O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation,
you cover my head on the day for weapons.
Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked.
Do not let their scheme succeed when they rise up.[b] Interlude

Plea for Justice

May the trouble caused by their lips
    fall on the heads of those who surround me.
10 Let burning coals fall on them.
Cause them to fall into the fire,
or into pits from which they will never rise.
11 Do not let the slanderer[c] be established in the land.
As for the man of violence—
may evil hunt him and beat him down.


12 I know that the Lord will provide justice for the oppressed,
    judgment for the poor.
13 Surely the righteous will give thanks to your name.
The upright will live in your presence.


  1. Psalm 140:5 This word seems to dangle and is omitted by many translators.
  2. Psalm 140:8 Or so that they are not exalted
  3. Psalm 140:11 Or boaster