140:1 For the Leader. A Psalm of David.
140:2 Deliver me, O the Lord, from the evil man; preserve me from the violent man;
140:3 Who devise evil things in their heart; every day do they stir up wars.
140:4 They have sharpened their tongue like a serpent; vipers' venom is under their lips. Selah
140:5 Keep me, O the Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to make my steps slip.
140:6 The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah
140:7 I have said unto the Lord: 'Thou art my God'; give ear, O the Lord, unto the voice of my supplications.
140:8 O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, who hast screened my head in the day of battle,
140:9 Grant not, O the Lord, the desires of the wicked; further not his evil device, so that they exalt themselves. Selah
140:10 As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.
140:11 Let burning coals fall upon them; let them be cast into the fire, into deep pits, that they rise not up again.
140:12 A slanderer shall not be established in the earth; the violent and evil man shall be hunted with thrust upon thrust.
140:13 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the poor, and the right of the needy.
140:14 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto Thy name; the upright shall dwell in Thy presence.