140 Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men 2 Who devise evil things in their hearts; They continually stir up wars. 3 They sharpen their tongues as a serpent; Poison of a viper is under their lips. [a]Selah.
4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; Preserve me from violent men Who have [b]purposed to [c]trip up my feet. 5 The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords; They have spread a net by the [d]wayside; They have set snares for me. Selah.
6 I said to the Lord, “You are my God; Give ear, O Lord, to the voice of my supplications. 7 “O [e]God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of [f]battle. 8 “Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked; Do not promote his evil device, that they not be exalted. Selah.
9 “As for the head of those who surround me, May the mischief of their lips cover them. 10 “May burning coals fall upon them; May they be cast into the fire, Into [g]deep pits from which they cannot rise. 11 “May a [h]slanderer not be established in the earth; May evil hunt the violent man [i]speedily.”
12 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted And justice for the poor. 13 Surely the righteous will give thanks to Your name; The upright will dwell in Your presence.
Psalm 140:3Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
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