The Message

Psalm 140

A David Psalm

11-5 God, get me out of here, away from this evil;
    protect me from these vicious people.
All they do is think up new ways to be bad;
    they spend their days plotting war games.
They practice the sharp rhetoric of hate and hurt,
    speak venomous words that maim and kill.
God, keep me out of the clutch of these wicked ones,
    protect me from these vicious people;
Stuffed with self-importance, they plot ways to trip me up,
    determined to bring me down.
These crooks invent traps to catch me
    and do their best to incriminate me.

6-8 I prayed, “God, you’re my God!
    Listen, God! Mercy!
God, my Lord, Strong Savior,
    protect me when the fighting breaks out!
Don’t let the wicked have their way, God,
    don’t give them an inch!”

9-11 These troublemakers all around me—
    let them drown in their own verbal poison.
Let God pile hellfire on them,
    let him bury them alive in crevasses!
These loudmouths—
    don’t let them be taken seriously;
These savages—
    let the Devil hunt them down!

12-13 I know that you, God, are on the side of victims,
    that you care for the rights of the poor.
And I know that the righteous personally thank you,
    that good people are secure in your presence.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 140

Psalm 140

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Lord, save me from sinful people.
    Keep me safe from those who want to hurt me.
They make evil plans in their hearts.
    They are always starting fights.
Their tongues are as deadly as the tongue of a serpent.
    The words from their lips are like the poison of a snake.

Lord, keep me safe from the hands of sinful people.
    Protect me from those who want to hurt me.
    They plan ways to trip me up and make me fall.
Proud people have hidden their traps to catch me.
    They have spread out their nets.
    They have set traps for me along my path.

I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”
    Lord, hear my cry for mercy.
Lord and King, you save me because you are strong.
    You are like a shield that keeps me safe in the day of battle.
Lord, don’t give sinners what they want.
    Don’t let their plans succeed.

Those who are all around me proudly raise their heads.
    May the trouble they planned for me happen to them.
10 May burning coals fall on people like that.
    May they be thrown into the fire.
    May they be thrown into muddy pits and never get out.
11 Don’t let people who lie about me be secure in the land.
    May trouble hunt down those who want to hurt me.

12 I know that the Lord makes sure that poor people are treated fairly.
    He stands up for those who are in need.
13 I’m sure that those who do right will praise your name.
    Those who are honest will live with you.