Prayer for Rescue
For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.
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 clutches of the wicked. # Ps 71:4
Keep me safe from violent men
who plan to make me stumble. # 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
7Lord God, my strong Savior,
You shield my head on the day of battle. # Ps 28:8; 118:14
8Lord, 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, # 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 # Hb obscure hunt down a violent man. # Ps 34:21
12I # 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