A Prayer for Protection
For the director of music. A song of David.
1Lord, rescue me from evil people.
Save me from cruel men.
2They make evil plans.
They always start fights.
3They make their tongues sharp as a snake’s.
Their words are like snake poison. Selah
4Lord, guard me from the power of wicked people.
Save me from cruel men
who plan to trip me up.
5Proud men have hidden a trap for me.
They have spread out a net beside the road.
They have set traps for me. Selah
6I said to the Lord, “You are my God.”
Lord, listen to my prayer for help.
7Lord God, my mighty savior,
you protect me in battle.
8Lord, do not give the wicked what they want.
Don’t let their plans succeed,
or they will become proud. Selah
9Those around me have planned trouble.
Now let it come to them.
10Let burning coals fall on them.
Throw them into the fire
or into pits from which they cannot escape.
11Don’t let liars settle in the land.
Let evil quickly hunt down cruel men.
12I know the Lord will get justice for the poor.
He will defend the needy in court.
13Good people will praise his name.
Honest people will live in his presence.