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A Prayer for Protection

For the director of music. A song of David.

140 Lord, rescue me from evil people.
    Save me from cruel men.
They make evil plans.
    They always start fights.
They make their tongues sharp as a snake’s.
    Their words are like snake poison. Selah

Lord, guard me from the power of wicked people.
    Save me from cruel men
    who plan to trip me up.
Proud men have hidden a trap for me.
    They have spread out a net beside the road.
    They have set traps for me. Selah

I said to the Lord, “You are my God.”
    Lord, listen to my prayer for help.
Lord God, my mighty savior,
    you protect me in battle.
Lord, do not give the wicked what they want.
    Don’t let their plans succeed,
    or they will become proud. Selah

Those around me have planned trouble.
    Now let it come to them.
10 Let burning coals fall on them.
    Throw them into the fire
    or into pits from which they cannot escape.
11 Don’t let liars settle in the land.
    Let evil quickly hunt down cruel men.

12 I know the Lord will get justice for the poor.
    He will defend the needy in court.
13 Good people will praise his name.
    Honest people will live in his presence.

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