Psalm 140

Note: this Psalm appears  to be in five parts. The first two appear to be in parallel. 

Part 1

A. 1 Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man:
preserve me from the violent man;

B. 2 Which imagine mischiefs in their heart;
continually are they gathered together for war.

C. 3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent;
adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah.

Part 2

A’. 4 Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked;
preserve me from the violent man;

B’. who have purposed to overthrow my goings.
5 The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords;

C’. they have spread a net by the wayside;
they have set gins for me. Selah.

Part 3

6 I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God:
hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.

7 O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation,
thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.

8 Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked:
further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.

Part 4

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 pits, that they rise not up again.

11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth:
evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

 

Part 5

12 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted,
and the right of the poor.
13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name:
the upright shall dwell in thy presence.

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