Deliver Me, O Lord, from Evil Men
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
Ps. 71:4; 119:153, 170 Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men;
preserve me from #Ps. 18:48; Prov. 3:31violent men,
2who plan evil things in their heart
and #See Ps. 56:6stir up wars continually.
3They make #[Ps. 52:2] their tongue sharp as #Ps. 58:4 a serpent’s,
and #Ps. 10:7 under their lips is the #Cited Rom. 3:13venom of asps. Selah
4Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
preserve me from #[See ver. 1 above]violent men,
who have planned to trip up my feet.
5The arrogant have #Ps. 35:7; 141:9; 142:3; Jer. 18:22 hidden a trap for me,
and with cords they have spread #Job 18:8-10 a net;#140:5 Or they have spread cords as a net
beside the way they have set #Ps. 64:5snares for me. Selah
Ps. 142:5 I say to the Lord, You are my God;
give ear to #Ps. 28:2; 31:22; 130:2the voice of my pleas for mercy, O Lord!
7O Lord, my Lord, #Ps. 28:8the strength of my salvation,
you have covered my head in the day of battle.
8 # [Ps. 35:25] Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked;
do not further their#140:8 Hebrew his evil plot, or #Isa. 14:21they will be exalted! Selah
9As for the head of those who surround me,
let #[Prov. 12:13; 18:7]; See Ps. 7:16the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!
10Let #[Ps. 11:6; 18:13]burning coals fall upon them!
Let them be cast into fire,
into miry pits, no more to rise!
11Let not the slanderer be established in the land;
let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!
12I know that the Lord will #Ps. 9:4 maintain the cause of the afflicted,
and #1 Kgs. 8:45, 49, 59will execute justice for the needy.
13Surely #[Ps. 64:10] the righteous shall give thanks to your name;
# [Ps. 11:7] the upright shall dwell in your presence.