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.

King James Version

Psalm 140

1Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man;

Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.

They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah.

Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.

The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah.

I said unto the Lord, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O Lord.

O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.

Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.

As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.

10 Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again.

11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

12 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.

13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.