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To the Music Director: A Davidic Song

A Prayer for Deliverance

140 [a]Deliver me, Lord, from evil people,
    preserve me from violent men,
who craft evil plans in their minds,
    inciting wars every day.[b]
They sharpen their tongues like a serpent;
    the venom of vipers is on their lips.

Protect me, Lord, from the control of evil people,
    from violent men who have planned to trip me.
The arrogant have laid a trap for me;
    they have spread a net with ropes,
        lining it with snares along the way.

So I say to the Lord, “You are my God;
    listen to my voice
        as I plead for mercy, Lord.
Lord, my Lord, my strong deliverer,
    you have protected my head in the time[c] of battle.
Never grant, Lord, the desires of the wicked;
    never condone their plans
        so they cannot exalt themselves.

May those who surround me discover
    that the trouble they talk about falls on their own head!
10 May burning coals fall on them;
    may they be cast into fire,
        and into miry pits, never to rise again.
11 Let not the slanderer[d] become established in the land.
    May evil quickly hunt down the violent man.
12 I know that the Lord will act on behalf of the tormented,
    providing justice for the needy.

13 Surely the righteous will give thanks to your name,
    while the upright live in your presence.


  1. Psalm 140:1 V.1 is v. 2 in MT, and so throughout the chapter.
  2. Psalm 140:2 Lit. all day; LXX DSS 11QPsa read all the day
  3. Psalm 140:7 Lit. day
  4. Psalm 140:11 Lit. the man of tongue

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