Psalm 140

For the end, a Psalm of David.

1 Rescue me, O Lord, from the evil man; deliver me from the unjust man. 2 Who have devised injustice in their hearts; all the day they prepared war. 3 They have sharpened their tongue as the tongue of a serpent; 1the poison of asps is under their lips. Pause. 4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hand of the sinner; rescue me from unjust men; who have purposed to overthrow my goings. 5 The proud have hid a snare for me, and have stretched out ropes for snares for my feet; they set a stumbling-block for me near the path. Pause.

6 I said to the Lord, Thou art my God; hearken, O Lord, to the voice of my supplication. 7 O Lord God, the strength of my salvation; thou hast screened my head in the day of battle. 8 Deliver me not, O Lord, to the sinner, 2according to my desire: they have devised mischief against me; forsake me not, lest they should be exalted. Pause.

9 As for the head of them that compass me, the mischief of their lips shall cover them. 10 Coals of fire shall fall upon them on the earth; and thou shalt cast them down in afflictions: they shall not bear up under them. 11 A talkative man shall not prosper on the earth: evils shall hunt the unrighteous man to destruction. 12 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the 3poor, and the right of the needy ones. 13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks to thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.

Psalm 141

A Psalm of David.

1 O Lord, I have cried to thee; hear me: attend to the voice of my supplication, when I cry to thee. 2 Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice. 3 Set a watch, O Lord, on my mouth, and a 4strong door about by lips. 4 Incline not my heart to evil things, to 5employ pretexts


6for sins, with me who work iniquity: and 7let me not unite with their choice ones. 5 The righteous shall chasten me with mercy, and reprove me: but let not the oil of the sinner anoint my head: for yet shall my prayer also be in their 8pleasures.

6 Their mighty ones have been swallowed up near the rock: they shall hear my words, for they are sweet. 7 As a lump of earth is crushed upon the ground, our bones have been scattered by the mouth of the grave. 8 For mine eyes are to thee, O Lord God: I have hoped in thee; take not away my life. 9 Keep me from the snare which they have set for me, and from the stumbling blocks of them that work iniquity. 10 Sinners shall fall by their own net: I am alone until I shall escape.

1 Rom. 3. 13.

2 See Heb. 5. 7.

3 Gr. singular.

4 Lit. a door of fortification.

5 Gr. pretend pretences.

6 Gr. in.

7 Gr. I will not.

8 q.d. lest I be injured by them.


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