To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
1
Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man;
2
Which imagine mischiefs in their heart;
continually are they gathered together for war.
3
They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent;
adders’ poison is under their lips.
Selah.
4
Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked;
preserve me from the violent man;
who have purposed to overthrow my goings.
5
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.
6
I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.
7
O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.
8
Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device;
lest they exalt themselves.
Selah.
9
As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.
10
Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire;
into deep pits, that they rise not up again.
11
Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.
12
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.
13
Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.