140 For the music director; a psalm of David.
O Lord, rescue me from wicked men! 1
Protect me from violent men, 2
2 who plan ways to harm me. 3
All day long they stir up conflict. 4
3 Their tongues wound like a serpent; 5
a viper’s 6 venom is behind 7 their lips. (Selah)
4 O Lord, shelter me from the power 8 of the wicked!
Protect me from violent men,
who plan to knock me over. 9
5 Proud men hide a snare for me;
evil men 10 spread a net by the path;
they set traps for me. (Selah)
6 I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”
O Lord, pay attention to my plea for mercy!
7 O sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer, 11
you shield 12 my head in the day of battle.
8 O Lord, do not let the wicked have their way! 13
Do not allow their 14 plan to succeed when they attack! 15 (Selah)
9 As for the heads of those who surround me –
may the harm done by 16 their lips overwhelm them!
10 May he rain down 17 fiery coals upon them!
May he throw them into the fire!
From bottomless pits they will not escape. 18
11 A slanderer 19 will not endure on 20 the earth;
calamity will hunt down a violent man and strike him down. 21
12 I know 22 that the Lord defends the cause of the oppressed
and vindicates the poor. 23
13 Certainly the godly will give thanks to your name;
the morally upright will live in your presence.
141 A psalm of David.
O Lord, I cry out to you. Come quickly to me!
Pay attention to me when I cry out to you!
2 May you accept my prayer like incense,
my uplifted hands like the evening offering! 1
3 O Lord, place a guard on my mouth!
Protect the opening 2 of my lips! 3
4 Do not let me have evil desires, 4
or participate in sinful activities
with men who behave wickedly. 5
I will not eat their delicacies. 6
5 May the godly strike me in love and correct me!
May my head not refuse 7 choice oil! 8
Indeed, my prayer is a witness against their evil deeds. 9
6 They will be thrown down the side of a cliff by their judges. 10
They 11 will listen to my words, for they are pleasant.
7 As when one plows and breaks up the soil, 12
so our bones are scattered at the mouth of Sheol.
8 Surely I am looking to you, 13 O sovereign Lord.
In you I take shelter.
Do not expose me to danger! 14
9 Protect me from the snare they have laid for me,
and the traps the evildoers have set. 15
10 Let the wicked fall 16 into their 17 own nets,
while I escape. 18
142 A well-written song 1 by David, when he was in the cave; 2 a prayer.
To the Lord I cry out; 3
to the Lord I plead for mercy. 4
2 I pour out my lament before him;
I tell him about 5 my troubles.
3 Even when my strength leaves me, 6
you watch my footsteps. 7
In the path where I walk
they have hidden a trap for me.
4 Look to the right and see!
No one cares about me. 8
I have nowhere to run; 9
no one is concerned about my life. 10
5 I cry out to you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my shelter,
my security 11 in the land of the living.”
6 Listen to my cry for help,
for I am in serious trouble! 12
Rescue me from those who chase me,
for they are stronger than I am.
7 Free me 13 from prison,
that I may give thanks to your name.
Because of me the godly will assemble, 14
for you will vindicate me. 15