1 To the chief music-maker. A Psalm. Of David.
2 140:1O Lord, take me out of the power of the evil man; keep me safe from the violent man:
3 140:2For their hearts are full of evil designs; and they are ever making ready causes of war.
4 140:3Their tongues are sharp like the tongue of a snake; the poison of snakes is under their lips. (Selah.)
5 140:4O Lord, take me out of the hands of sinners; keep me safe from the violent man: for they are designing my downfall.
6 140:5The men of pride have put secret cords for my feet; stretching nets in my way, so that they may take me with their tricks. (Selah.)
7 140:6I have said to the Lord, You are my God: give ear, O Lord, to the voice of my prayer.
8 140:7O Lord God, the strength of my salvation, you have been a cover over my head in the day of the fight.
9 140:8O Lord, give not the wrongdoer his desire; give him no help in his evil designs, or he may be uplifted in pride. (Selah.)
10 140:9As for those who come round me, let their heads be covered by the evil of their lips.
11 140:10Let burning flames come down on them: let them be put into the fire, and into deep waters, so that they may not get up again.
12 140:11Let not a man of evil tongue be safe on earth: let destruction overtake the violent man with blow on blow.
13 140:12I am certain that the Lord will take care of the cause of the poor, and of the rights of those who are troubled.
14 140:13Truly, the upright will give praise to your name: the holy will have a place in your house.