Protection from the Wicked
1For the music director: a psalm of David.
2Rescue me, Adonai, from the evil man. Protect me from the violent men—
3who devise evil in their heart— every day they stir up wars.
4They sharpen their tongue like a serpent’s —viper’s venom is under their lips. Selah
5Keep me safe, Adonai, from the clutches of the wicked. Protect me from the man of violence who planned to push me off my feet.
6The proud have hidden a trap and cords for me. They spread out a net by the path. They set snares for me. Selah
7I said to Adonai: “You are my God!” Hear, Adonai, the sound of my supplications.
8God my Lord, the strength of my deliverance, You shield my head in the day of battle.
9Grant not, Adonai, the desires of the wicked. Do not let their evil plan succeed, or they will exalt themselves. Selah
10As for the head of those surrounding me, may the mischief of their lips overwhelm them.
11Let burning coals fall upon them. May they be cast into the fire, into deep pits, never to rise again.
12May a slanderer not endure in the land. May calamity hunt down a violent man.
13I know Adonai will vindicate the poor, and secure justice for the needy.
14Surely, the righteous ones will praise Your name. The upright will dwell in Your presence.