The Bible – Old Testament
1 For the leader. A psalm of David.
Deliver me, LORD, from the wicked; preserve me from the violent,
From those who plan evil in their hearts, who stir up conflicts every day,
2 Who sharpen their tongues like serpents, venom of asps upon their lips. Selah
Keep me, LORD, from the clutches of the wicked; preserve me from the violent, who plot to trip me up.
3 The arrogant have set a trap for me; villains have spread a net, laid snares for me by the wayside. Selah
I say to the LORD: You are my God; listen, LORD, to the words of my prayer.
My revered LORD, my strong helper, my helmet on the day of battle.
LORD, do not grant the desires of the wicked; do not let their plots succeed. Selah
Around me they raise their proud heads; may the mischief they threaten overwhelm them.
May God rain burning coals upon them, cast them into the grave never more to rise.
Slanderers will not survive on earth; evil will quickly entrap the violent.
For I know the LORD will secure justice for the needy, their rights for the poor.
Then the just will give thanks to your name; the upright will dwell in your presence.
1 [Psalm 140] A lament seeking rescue from violent and treacherous foes (⇒ Psalm 140:2-6). The psalmist remains trusting (⇒ Psalm 140:7-8), vigorously praying that the plans of the wicked recoil upon themselves (⇒ Psalm 140:9-12). A serene statement of praise ends the psalm (⇒ Psalm 140:13). The psalmist is content to be known as one of “the needy,” “the poor,” “the just,” “the upright” (⇒ Psalm 140:13), a class of people expecting divine protection.