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{To the chief Musician.
A Psalm of David.}
Free me, O Jehovah, from the evil man;
preserve me from the violent man:
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Who devise mischiefs in [their] heart;
every day are they banded together for war.
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They sharpen their tongues like a serpent;
adders' poison is under their lips.
Selah.
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Keep me, O Jehovah, from the hands of the wicked [man], preserve me from the violent man, who devise to overthrow my steps.
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The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords;
they have spread a net by the way-side;
they have set traps for me.
Selah.
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I have said unto Jehovah, Thou art my God: give ear, O Jehovah, to the voice of my supplications.
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Jehovah, the Lord, is the strength of my salvation: thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.
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Grant not, O Jehovah, the desire of the wicked;
further not his device: they would exalt themselves.
Selah.
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[As for] the head of those that encompass me, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.
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Let burning coals fall on them;
let them be cast into the fire;
into deep waters, that they rise not up again.
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Let not the man of [evil] tongue be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the man of violence to [his] ruin.
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I know that Jehovah will maintain the cause of the afflicted one, the right of the needy.
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Yea, the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name;
the upright shall dwell in thy presence.