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.