Prayer for Protection against the Wicked.
For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
1 Rescue me, O LORD, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men
2 Who devise evil things in their hearts; They continually stir up wars.
3 They sharpen their tongues as a serpent; Poison of a viper is under their lips.
4 Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; Preserve me from violent men Who have purposed to trip up my feet.
5 The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords; They have spread a net by the wayside; They have set snares for me.
6 I said to the LORD, You are my God; Give ear, O LORD, to the voice of my supplications.
7 O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle.
8 Do not grant, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; Do not promote his evil device, that they not be exalted.
9 As for the head of those who surround me, May the mischief of their lips cover them.
10 May burning coals fall upon them; May they be cast into the fire, Into deep pits from which they cannot rise.
11 May a slanderer not be established in the earth; May evil hunt the violent man speedily.
12 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted And justice for the poor.
13 Surely the righteous will give thanks to Your name; The upright will dwell in Your presence.
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