Psalm 140-145 World English Bible

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A Prayer for Protection against Persecutors

140 1  Deliver me, Yahweh, from the evil man.
Preserve me from the violent man; 2  those who devise mischief in their hearts.
They continually gather themselves together for war. 3  They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent.
Viper’s poison is under their lips. Selah. 4  Yahweh, keep me from the hands of the wicked.
Preserve me from the violent men who have determined to trip my feet. 5  The proud have hidden a snare for me,
they have spread the cords of a net by the path.
They have set traps for me. Selah. 6  I said to Yahweh, “You are my God.”
Listen to the cry of my petitions, Yahweh. 7  Yahweh, the Lord, the strength of my salvation,
you have covered my head in the day of battle.

8  Yahweh, don’t grant the desires of the wicked.
Don’t let their evil plans succeed, or they will become proud. Selah. 9  As for the head of those who surround me,
let the mischief of their own lips cover them. 10  Let burning coals fall on them.
Let them be thrown into the fire,
into miry pits, from where they never rise. 11  An evil speaker won’t be established in the earth.
Evil will hunt the violent man to overthrow him. 12  I know that Yahweh will maintain the cause of the afflicted,
and justice for the needy. 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  Yahweh, I have called on you.
Come to me quickly!
Listen to my voice when I call to you. 2  Let my prayer be set before you like incense;
the lifting up of my hands like the evening sacrifice. 3  Set a watch, Yahweh, before my mouth.
Keep the door of my lips. 4  Don’t incline my heart to any evil thing,
to practice deeds of wickedness with men who work iniquity.
Don’t let me eat of their delicacies.

5  Let the righteous strike me, it is kindness;
let him reprove me, it is like oil on the head;
don’t let my head refuse it;
Yet my prayer is always against evil deeds. 6  Their judges are thrown down by the sides of the rock.
They will hear my words, for they are well spoken. 7  “As when one plows and breaks up the earth,
our bones are scattered at the mouth of Sheol.” 8  For my eyes are on you, Yahweh, the Lord.
In you, I take refuge.
Don’t leave my soul destitute. 9  Keep me from the snare which they have laid for me,
from the traps of the workers of iniquity. 10  Let the wicked fall together into their own nets,
while I pass by.

A Prayer for Help in Trouble

142 1  I cry with my voice to Yahweh.
With my voice, I ask Yahweh for mercy. 2  I pour out my complaint before him.
I tell him my troubles. 3  When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,
you knew my path.
In the way in which I walk,
they have hidden a snare for me.

4  Look on my right, and see;
for there is no one who is concerned for me.
Refuge has fled from me.
No one cares for my soul. 5  I cried to you, Yahweh.
I said, “You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.” 6  Listen to my cry,
for I am in desperate need.
deliver me from my persecutors,
For they are stronger than me. 7  Bring my soul out of prison,
that I may give thanks to your name.
The righteous will surround me,
for you will be good to me.

A Prayer for Deliverance and Guidance

143 1  Hear my prayer, Yahweh.
Listen to my petitions.
In your faithfulness and righteousness, relieve me. 2  Don’t enter into judgment with your servant,
for in your sight no man living is righteous. 3  For the enemy pursues my soul.
He has struck my life down to the ground.
He has made me live in dark places, as those who have been long dead. 4  Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me.
My heart within me is desolate. 5  I remember the days of old.
I meditate on all your doings.
I contemplate the work of your hands. 6  I spread forth my hands to you.
My soul thirsts for you, like a parched land. Selah.

7  Hurry to answer me, Yahweh.
My spirit fails.
Don’t hide your face from me,
so that I don’t become like those who go down into the pit. 8  Cause me to hear your loving kindness in the morning,
for I trust in you.
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
for I lift up my soul to you. 9  Deliver me, Yahweh, from my enemies.
I flee to you to hide me. 10  Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God.
Your Spirit is good.
Lead me in the land of uprightness. 11  Revive me, Yahweh, for your name’s sake.
In your righteousness, bring my soul out of trouble. 12  In your loving kindness, 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 Yahweh, my rock,
who teaches my hands to war,
and my fingers to battle: 2  my loving kindness, my fortress,
my high tower, my deliverer,
my shield, and he in whom I take refuge;
who subdues my people under me. 3  Yahweh, what is man, that you care for him?
Or the son of man, that you think of him? 4  Man is like a breath.
His days are like a shadow that passes away. 5  Part your heavens, Yahweh, and come down.
Touch the mountains, and they will smoke. 6  Throw out lightning, and scatter them.
Send out your arrows, and rout them. 7  Stretch out your hand from above,
rescue me, and deliver me out of great waters,
out of the hands of foreigners; 8  whose mouths speak deceit,
Whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

9  I will sing a new song to you, God.
On a ten-stringed lyre, I will sing praises to you. 10  You are he who gives salvation to kings,
who rescues David, his servant, from the deadly sword. 11  Rescue me, and deliver me out of the hands of foreigners,
whose mouths speak deceit,
whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood. 12  Then our sons will be like well-nurtured plants,
our daughters like pillars carved to adorn a palace. 13  Our barns are full, filled with all kinds of provision.
Our sheep bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields. 14  Our oxen will pull heavy loads.
There is no breaking in, and no going away,
and no outcry in our streets. 15  Happy are the people who are in such a situation.
Happy are the people whose God is Yahweh.

Praise for the LORD's Goodness and Power

145 1  I will exalt you, my God, the King.
I will praise your name forever and ever. 2  Every day I will praise you.
I will extol your name forever and ever. 3  Great is Yahweh, and greatly to be praised!
His greatness is unsearchable. 4  One generation will commend your works to another,
and will declare your mighty acts. 5  Of the glorious majesty of your honor,
of your wondrous works, I will meditate. 6  Men will speak of the might of your awesome acts.
I will declare your greatness. 7  They will utter the memory of your great goodness,
and will sing of your righteousness. 8  Yahweh is gracious, merciful,
slow to anger, and of great loving kindness. 9  Yahweh is good to all.
His tender mercies are over all his works.

10  All your works will give thanks to you, Yahweh.
Your saints will extol you. 11  They will speak of the glory of your kingdom,
and talk about your power; 12  to make known to the sons of men his mighty acts,
the glory of the majesty of his kingdom. 13  Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.
Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
Yahweh is faithful in all his words,
and loving in all his deeds. [1] 14  Yahweh upholds all who fall,
and raises up all those who are bowed down. 15  The eyes of all wait for you.
You give them their food in due season. 16  You open your hand,
and satisfy the desire of every living thing. 17  Yahweh is righteous in all his ways,
and gracious in all his works. 18  Yahweh is near to all those who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth. 19  He will fulfill the desire of those who fear him.
He also will hear their cry, and will save them. 20  Yahweh preserves all those who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy. 21  My mouth will speak the praise of Yahweh.
Let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

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Footnotes

[1] 145:13 Some manuscripts omit these last two lines.

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