Psalm 140-142 King James Version

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A Prayer for Protection against Persecutors

140 Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent [1] 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.

A Prayer for Preservation from Evil

141 Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee. 2  Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. 3  Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. 4  Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.

5  Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: [2] and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities. 6  When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet. 7  Our bones are scattered at the grave's mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth. 8  But mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave [3] not my soul destitute. 9  Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity. 10  Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I withal escape. [4]

A Prayer for Help in Trouble

142 I cried unto the Lord with my voice; with my voice unto the Lord did I make my supplication. 2  I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble. 3  When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.

4  I looked [5] on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. 5  I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living. 6  Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I. 7  Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.

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Footnotes

[1] 140:1 violent...: Heb. man of violences

[2] 141:5 me: it shall be a...: or, me kindly, and reprove me; let not their precious oil break, etc

[3] 141:8 leave...: Heb. make not my soul bare

[4] 141:10 escape: Heb. pass over

[5] 142:4 I looked...: or, Look on the right hand, and see

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