Psalm 140-142 New American Standard Bible

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A Prayer for Protection against Persecutors

140 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 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 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."

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