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Psalm 140

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies

To the leader. A Psalm of David.

1

Deliver me, O Lord, from evildoers;

protect me from those who are violent,

2

who plan evil things in their minds

and stir up wars continually.

3

They make their tongue sharp as a snake’s,

and under their lips is the venom of vipers.Selah

 

4

Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;

protect me from the violent

who have planned my downfall.

5

The arrogant have hidden a trap for me,

and with cords they have spread a net,

along the road they have set snares for me.Selah

 

6

I say to the Lord, “You are my God;

give ear, O Lord, to the voice of my supplications.”

7

O Lord, my Lord, my strong deliverer,

you have covered my head in the day of battle.

8

Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked;

do not further their evil plot.Selah

 

9

Those who surround me lift up their heads;

let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!

10

Let burning coals fall on them!

Let them be flung into pits, no more to rise!

11

Do not let the slanderer be established in the land;

let evil speedily hunt down the violent!

 

12

I know that the Lord maintains the cause of the needy,

and executes justice for the poor.

13

Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name;

the upright shall live in your presence.


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Verses 1–7

The more danger appears, the more earnest we should be in prayer to God. All are safe whom the Lord protects. If he be for us, who can be against us? We should especially watch and pray, that the Lord would hold up our goings in his ways, that our footsteps slip not. God is as able to keep his people from secret fraud as from open force; and the experience we have had of his power and care, in dangers of one kind, may encourage us to depend upon him in other dangers.

Verses 8–13

Believers may pray that God would not grant the desires of the wicked, nor further their evil devices. False accusers will bring mischief upon themselves, even the burning coals of Divine vengeance. And surely the righteous shall dwell in God's presence, and give him thanks for evermore. This is true thanksgiving, even thanks-living: this use we should make of all our deliverances, we should serve God the more closely and cheerfully. Those who, though evil spoken of and ill-used by men, are righteous in the sight of God, being justified by the righteousness of Christ, which is imputed to them, and received by faith, as the effect of which, they live soberly and righteously; these give thanks to the Lord, for the righteousness whereby they are made righteous, and for every blessing of grace, and mercy of life.




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