140 Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men; Protect me from violent men. 2 They devise evil things in their hearts; They continually [gather together and] stir up wars. 3 They sharpen their tongues like a serpent’s; Poison of a viper is under their lips.Selah.
4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; Protect me from violent men Who intend to trip up my steps. 5 The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords; They have spread a net by the wayside; They have set traps for me. Selah.
6 I said to the Lord, “You are my God; Listen to the voice of my supplications, O Lord. 7 “O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle. 8 “Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked; Do not further their evil device, that they not be exalted. Selah.
9 “Those who surround me raise their heads; May the mischief of their own lips come upon them. 10 “Let burning coals fall upon them; Let them be thrown into the fire, Into deep [water] pits from which they cannot rise. 11 “Do not let a slanderer be established in the earth; Let evil quickly hunt the violent man [to overthrow him and stop his evil acts].”
12 I know [with confidence] that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, And [will secure] justice for the poor. 13 Surely the righteous will give thanks to Your name; The upright will dwell in Your presence.
An Evening Prayer for Sanctification and Protection.
A Psalm of David.
141 Lord, I call upon You; hurry to me. Listen to my voice when I call to You. 2 Let my prayer be counted as incense before You; The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering. 3 Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips [to keep me from speaking thoughtlessly]. 4 Do not incline my heart to [consent to or tolerate] any evil thing, Or to practice deeds of wickedness With men who plan and do evil; And let me not eat of their delicacies (be tempted by their gain).
5 Let the righteous [thoughtfully] strike (correct) me—it is a kindness [done to encourage my spiritual maturity]. It is [the choicest anointing] oil on the head; Let my head not refuse [to accept and acknowledge and learn from] it; For still my prayer is against their wicked deeds. 6 Their [wicked, godless] judges are thrown down the sides of the rocky cliff, And they [who followed them] will hear my words, for they are pleasant (just). 7 As when the one plows and breaks open the ground [and the soil scatters behind him], Our bones have been scattered at the mouth of Sheol [by the injustices of the wicked].
8 For my eyes are toward You, O God, the Lord; In You I take refuge; do not pour out my life nor leave me defenseless. 9 Keep me from the jaws of the trap which they have set for me, And from the snares of those who do evil. 10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, While I pass by and safely escape [from danger].
Prayer for Help in Trouble.
A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of David; when he was in the cave. A Prayer.
142 I cry aloud with my voice to the Lord; I make supplication with my voice to the Lord. 2 I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare my trouble before Him. 3 When my spirit was overwhelmed and weak within me [wrapped in darkness], You knew my path. In the way where I walk They have hidden a trap for me. 4 Look to the right [the point of attack] and see; For there is no one who has regard for me [to act in my favor]. Escape has failed me and I have nowhere to run; No one cares about my life.
5 I cried out to You, O Lord; I said, “You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living. 6 “Give attention to my cry, For I am brought very low; Rescue me from my persecutors, For they are stronger than I. 7 “Bring my soul out of prison (adversity), So that I may give thanks and praise Your name; The righteous will surround me [in triumph], For You will look after me.”
Prayer for Help and Guidance.
A Psalm of David.
143 Hear my prayer, O Lord, Listen to my supplications! Answer me in Your faithfulness, and in Your righteousness. 2 And do not enter into judgment with Your servant, For in Your sight no man living is righteous or justified. 3 For the enemy has persecuted me, He has crushed my life down to the ground; He has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have been long dead. 4 Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed and weak within me [wrapped in darkness]; My heart grows numb within me.
5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that You have done; I ponder the work of Your hands. 6 I reach out my hands to You; My throat thirsts for You, as a parched land [thirsts for water]. Selah.
7 Answer me quickly, O Lord, my spirit fails; Do not hide Your face from me, Or I will become like those who go down into the pit (grave). 8 Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For I trust in You. Teach me the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You. 9 Rescue me, O Lord, from my enemies; I take refuge in You.
10 Teach me to do Your will [so that I may please You], For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground. 11 Save my life, O Lord, for Your name’s sake; In Your righteousness bring my life out of trouble. 12 In your lovingkindness, silence and destroy my enemies And destroy all those who afflict my life, For I am Your servant.
Prayer for Rescue and Prosperity.
A Psalm of David.
144 Blessed be the Lord, my Rock and my great strength, Who trains my hands for war And my fingers for battle; 2 My [steadfast] lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my rescuer, My shield and He in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me. 3 Lord, what is man that You take notice of him? Or the son of man that You think of him? 4 Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a shadow that passes away.
5 Bow Your heavens, O Lord, and come down; Touch the mountains, and they will smoke. 6 Flash lightning and scatter my enemies; Send out Your arrows and confuse and embarrass and frustrate them. 7 Stretch out Your hand from above; Set me free and rescue me from great waters, Out of the hands of [hostile] foreigners [who surround us] 8 Whose mouths speak deceit [without restraint], And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
9 I will sing a new song to You, O God; Upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You, 10 Who gives salvation to kings, Who sets David His servant free from the evil sword. 11 Set me free and rescue me from the hand of [hostile] foreigners, Whose mouth speaks deceit [without restraint], And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
12 Let our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, And our daughters like corner pillars fashioned for a palace; 13 Let our barns be full, supplying every kind of produce, And our flocks bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields; 14 Let our cattle bear Without mishap and without loss, And let there be no outcry in our streets! 15 How blessed and favored are the people in such circumstance; How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored] are the people whose God is the Lord!
The Lord Extolled for His Goodness.
A Psalm of praise. Of David.
145 I will exalt You, my God, O King, And [with gratitude and submissive wonder] I will bless Your name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless You and lovingly praise You; Yes, [with awe-inspired reverence] I will praise Your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is [so vast and profound as to be] unsearchable [incomprehensible to man]. 4 One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty and remarkable acts. 5 On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate. 6 People will speak of the power of Your awesome acts, And [with gratitude and submissive wonder] I will tell of Your greatness. 7 They will overflow [like a fountain] when they speak of Your great and abundant goodness And will sing joyfully of Your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. 9 The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works [the entirety of things created]. 10 All Your works shall give thanks to You and praise You, O Lord, And Your godly ones will bless You. 11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom And talk of Your power, 12 To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts And the glorious majesty of Your kingdom. 13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
14 The Lord upholds all those [of His own] who fall And raises up all those who are bowed down. 15 The eyes of all look to You [in hopeful expectation], And You give them their food in due time. 16 You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is [unwaveringly] righteous in all His ways And gracious and kind in all His works. 18 The Lord is near to all who call on Him, To all who call on Him in truth (without guile). 19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear and worship Him [with awe-inspired reverence and obedience]; He also will hear their cry and will save them. 20 The Lord keeps all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy. 21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, And all flesh will bless and gratefully praise His holy name forever and ever.
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