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