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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book V
 
CXL
 
Prayer for Protection Against the Wicked
 
 
For The Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
 
 
[1]  DELIVER me, O Jehovah, from the evil man;
Preserve me from the violent man:
[2]  Who devise mischiefs in their heart;
Continually do they gather 1 themselves together for war.
[3]  They have sharpened their tongue like a serpent;
Adders’ poison is under their lips.  [Selah
[4]  Keep me, O Jehovah, from the hands of the wicked;
Preserve me from the violent man:
Who have purposed to thrust aside my steps.
[5]  The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords;
They have spread a net by the wayside;
They have set gins for me.  [Selah
 
[6]  I said unto Jehovah, Thou art my God:
Give ear unto the voice of my supplications, O Jehovah.
[7]  O Jehovah the Lord, the strength of my salvation,
Thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.
[8]  Grant not, O Jehovah, the desires of the wicked;
Further not his evil device, lest they exalt themselves.  [Selah
[9]  As for the head of those that compass me about,
Let the mischief of their own lips cover them.
[10]  Let burning coals fall upon them:
Let them be cast into the fire,
Into deep 2 pits, whence they shall not rise.
[11]  An 3 evil speaker shall not be established in the earth:
Evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.
[12]  I know that Jehovah will maintain the cause of the afflicted,
And justice for the needy.
[13]  Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name:
The upright shall dwell in thy presence.
 
Note 1. Or, stir up wars. [back]
Note 2. Or, floods. [back]
Note 3. Heb. A man of tongue. [back]
 

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