For the Music Director. A Psalm of David.
1Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men;
protect me from violent men,
2#Ps 63:1; 84:2 who plan evil deeds in their heart
and continually gather together for conflicts.
3#Ps 79:10; 80:5 They have tongues as sharp as a serpent;
adders’ poison is with their lips. Selah
4#Isa 30:29; Ps 62:8 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
preserve me from the violent men
who have planned to overthrow me.
5#Ps 42:11; 43:5 The proud have hid a snare for me,
and with cords they have spread a net;
they have set traps for me. Selah
6#2Sa 17:22; Dt 3:8–9 I said to the Lord, “You are my God;
hear the voice of my supplications, OLord.”
7#Ps 88:7; Jnh 2:3 O God my Lord, the strength of my salvation,
You have covered my head in the day of battle.
8#Job 35:10; Ps 63:6 Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked;
do not allow his evil plot,
lest he be raised up. Selah
9#Ps 38:6; 18:2 As for the head of those who encompassme,
let the mischief of their own lips overwhelm them;
10#Ps 42:3; Joel 2:17 let burning coals fall upon them;
let them be cast into the fire,
into deep pits that they do not rise up again.
11#Ps 42:5; 43:5 Let not an evil speaker be established in the land;
let evil hunt the violent man to overthrow him!
12I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted
and will give justice to the poor.
13Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto Your name;
the upright shall dwell in Your presence.