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For the music leader. A psalm of David.
1Rescue me from evil people, Lord!
Guard me from violent people
2who plot evil things in their hearts,
who pick fights every single day!
3They sharpen their tongues like a snake’s;
spider poison#LXX snake poison is on their lips. Selah
4Protect me from the power of the wicked, Lord!
Guard me from violent people
who plot to trip me up!
5Arrogant people have laid a trap for me with ropes.
They’ve spread out a net alongside the road.
They’ve set snares for me. Selah
6I tell the Lord, "You are my God!
Listen to my request for mercy, Lord!"
7My Lord God, my strong saving help—
you’ve protected my head on the day of battle.
8Lord, don’t give the wicked what they want!
Don’t allow their plans to succeed,
or they’ll exalt themselves even more!#Heb uncertain Selah
9Let the heads of the people surrounding me
be covered with the trouble their own lips caused!#Heb uncertain
10Let burning coals fall on them!
Let them fall into deep pits and never get out again!
11Let no slanderer be safe in the land.
Let calamity hunt down violent people—and quickly!#Heb uncertain
12I know that the Lord will take up the case of the poor
and will do what is right for the needy.
13Yes, the righteous will give thanks to your name,
and those who do right will live in your presence.
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