A Prayer for Protection For the director of music. A psalm of David. 140 1Lord, rescue me from evil people; protect me from cruel people 2who make evil plans, who always start fights. 3They make their tongues sharp as a snake’s; their words are like snake poison.Selah 4Lord, guard me from the power of wicked people; protect me from cruel people who plan to trip me up. 5The proud hid a trap for me. They spread out a net beside the road; they set traps for me.Selah 6I said to the Lord, “You are my God.” Lord, listen to my prayer for help. 7Lord God, my mighty savior, you protect me in battle. 8Lord, do not give the wicked what they want. Don’t let their plans succeed, or they will become proud.Selah 9Those around me have planned trouble. Now let it come to them. 10Let burning coals fall on them. Throw them into the fire or into pits from which they cannot escape. 11Don’t let liars settle in the land. Let evil quickly hunt down cruel people. 12I know the Lord will get justice for the poor and will defend the needy in court. 13Good people will praise his name; honest people will live in his presence.
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