Psalm 140-145 New American Standard Bible

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A Prayer for Protection against Persecutors

140 1  Rescue me, O Lord , from evil men ; Preserve me from violent men 2  Who devise evil things in their hearts ; They continually e stir up wars . 3  They sharpen their tongues as a serpent ; Poison of a viper is under their lips . Selah . 4  Keep me, O Lord , from the hands of the wicked ; Preserve me from violent men Who have purposed to trip up my feet . 5  The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords ; They have spread a net by the wayside ; They have set snares for me. Selah . 6  I said to the Lord , "You are my God ; Give ear , O Lord , to the voice of my supplications . 7  "O GOD the Lord , the strength of my salvation , You have covered my head in the day of battle .

8  "Do not grant , O Lord , the desires of the wicked ; Do not promote his evil device , that they not be exalted . Selah . 9  "As for the head of those who surround me, May the mischief of their lips cover them. 10  "May burning coals fall upon them; May they be cast into the fire , Into deep pits from which they cannot rise . 11  "May a slanderer e not be established in the earth ; May evil hunt the violent man speedily ." 12  I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted And justice for the poor . 13  Surely the righteous will give thanks to Your name ; The upright will dwell in Your presence .

A Prayer for Preservation from Evil

141 1  O Lord , I call upon You; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to You! 2  May my prayer be counted as incense before You; The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering . 3  Set a guard , O Lord , over my mouth ; Keep watch over the door of my lips . 4  Do not incline my heart to any evil thing , To practice deeds of wickedness With men who do iniquity ; And do not let me eat of their delicacies .

5  Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; It is oil upon the head ; Do not let my head refuse it, For still my prayer is against their wicked deeds . 6  Their judges are thrown down by the sides of the rock , And they hear my words , for they are pleasant . 7  As when one plows and breaks open the earth , Our bones have been scattered at the mouth of Sheol . 8  For my eyes are toward You, O GOD , the Lord ; In You I take refuge ; do not leave me defenseless e . 9  Keep me from the jaws of the trap which they have set for me, And from the snares of those who do iniquity . 10  Let the wicked fall into their own nets , While I pass by safely .

A Prayer for Help in Trouble

142 1  I cry aloud with my voice to the Lord ; I make supplication with my voice to the Lord . 2  I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare my trouble before Him. 3  When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, You knew my path . In the way where I walk They have hidden a trap for me.

4  Look to the right and see ; For there is no one who regards me; There is no escape for me; No one cares for my soul . 5  I cried out to You, O Lord ; I said , "You are my refuge , My portion in the land of the living . 6  " Give heed to my cry , For I am brought very low ; Deliver me from my persecutors , For they are too strong for me. 7  " Bring my soul out of prison , So that I may give thanks to Your name ; The righteous will surround me, For You will deal bountifully with me."

A Prayer for Deliverance and Guidance

143 1  Hear my prayer , O Lord , Give ear to my supplications ! Answer me in Your faithfulness , in Your righteousness ! 2  And do not enter into judgment with Your servant , For in Your sight no man living is righteous . 3  For the enemy has persecuted my soul ; He has crushed my life to the ground ; He has made me dwell in dark places , like those who have long been dead . 4  Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; My heart is appalled within me. 5  I remember the days of old ; I meditate on all Your doings ; I muse on the work of Your hands . 6  I stretch out my hands to You; My soul longs for You, as a parched land . Selah .

7  Answer me quickly , O Lord , my spirit fails ; Do not hide Your face from me, Or I will become like those who go down to the pit . 8  Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning ; For I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk ; For to You I lift up my soul . 9  Deliver me, O Lord , from my enemies ; I take refuge in You. 10  Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God ; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground . 11  For the sake of Your name , O Lord , revive me. In Your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble . 12  And in Your lovingkindness , cut off my enemies And destroy all those who afflict my soul , For I am Your servant .

A Prayer for Rescue and Prosperity

144 1  Blessed be the Lord , my rock , Who trains my hands for war , And my fingers for battle ; 2  My lovingkindness and my fortress , My stronghold and my deliverer , My shield and He in whom I take refuge , Who subdues my people under me. 3  O Lord , what is man , that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man , that You think of him? 4  Man is like a mere breath ; His days are like a passing shadow . 5  Bow Your heavens , O Lord , and come down ; Touch the mountains , that they may smoke . 6  Flash forth lightning and scatter them; Send out Your arrows and confuse them. 7  Stretch forth Your hand from on high ; Rescue me and deliver me out of great waters , Out of the hand of aliens e 8  Whose mouths speak deceit , And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood .

9  I will sing a new song to You, O God ; Upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You, 10  Who gives salvation to kings , Who rescues David His servant from the evil sword . 11  Rescue me and deliver me out of the hand of aliens e , Whose mouth speaks deceit And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood . 12  Let our sons in their youth be as grown-up plants , And our daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace ; 13  Let our garners be full , furnishing every kind of produce, And our flocks bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields ; 14  Let our cattle bear Without mishap and without loss , Let there be no outcry in our streets ! 15  How blessed are the people who are so situated; How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord !

Praise for the LORD's Goodness and Power

145 1  I will extol You, my God , O King , And I will bless Your name forever and ever . 2  Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever . 3  Great is the Lord , and highly to be praised , And His greatness is unsearchable e . 4  One generation shall praise Your works to another , And shall declare Your mighty acts . 5  On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works , I will meditate . 6  Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts , And I will tell of Your greatness . 7  They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness . 8  The Lord is gracious and merciful ; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness . 9  The Lord is good to all , And His mercies are over all His works .

10  All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord , And Your godly ones shall bless You. 11  They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom And talk of Your power ; 12  To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom . 13  Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom , And Your dominion endures throughout all generations . 14  The Lord sustains all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down . 15  The eyes of all look to You, And You give them their food in due time . 16  You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing . 17  The Lord is righteous in all His ways And kind in all His deeds . 18  The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth . 19  He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them. 20  The Lord keeps all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy . 21  My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord , And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever .

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