Prayer for Rescue
For the choir director. A psalm of David.
1Rescue me, Lord, from evil men.
Keep me safe from violent men#Ps 18:48; 71:4
2who plan evil in their hearts.
They stir up wars all day long.#Ps 36:4; 56:6; Pr 6:14
3They make their tongues
as sharp as a snake’s bite;
viper’s venom is under their lips.#Ps 58:4; Rm 3:13; Jms 3:8Selah
4Protect me, Lord,
from the power of the wicked.#Ps 71:4
Keep me safe from violent men
who plan to make me stumble.#140:4 Lit to trip up my steps#Ps 36:11
5The proud hide a trap with ropes for me;
they spread a net along the path
and set snares for me.#Ps 35:7; 141:9; 142:3Selah
6I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”
Listen, Lord, to my cry for help.#Ps 31:14; 130:2
7 Lord, my Lord, my strong Savior,
you shield my head on the day of battle.#Ps 28:8; 118:14
8 Lord, do not grant the desires of the wicked;
do not let them achieve their goals.
Otherwise, they will become proud.#Ps 10:2–3Selah
9When those who surround me rise up,#140:9 Lit Head of those who surround me
may the trouble their lips cause overwhelm them.#Ps 7:16; Pr 18:7
10Let hot coals fall on them.
Let them be thrown into the fire,
into the abyss, never again to rise.#Ps 11:6; 36:12
11Do not let a slanderer stay in the land.
Let evil relentlessly#140:11 Hb obscure hunt down a violent man.#Ps 34:21
12I#140:12 Alt Hb tradition reads You know that the Lord upholds
the just cause of the poor,
justice for the needy.#1Kg 8:45,49; Ps 9:4; 82:3
13Surely the righteous will praise your name;
the upright will live in your presence.#Ps 11:7; 64:10
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