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.

New American Standard Bible

Psalm 140

Prayer for Protection against the Wicked.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

1Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men;
Preserve me from violent men
Who devise evil things in their hearts;
They continually stir up wars.
They sharpen their tongues as a serpent;
Poison of a viper is under their lips. [a]Selah.

Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
Preserve me from violent men
Who have [b]purposed to [c]trip up my feet.
The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords;
They have spread a net by the [d]wayside;
They have set snares for me. Selah.

I said to the Lord, “You are my God;
Give ear, O Lord, to the voice of my supplications.
“O [e]God the Lord, the strength of my salvation,
You have covered my head in the day of [f]battle.
“Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked;
Do not promote his evil device, that they not be exalted. Selah.

“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 [g]deep pits from which they cannot rise.
11 “May a [h]slanderer not be established in the earth;
May evil hunt the violent man [i]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.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 140:3 Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
  2. Psalm 140:4 Or devised
  3. Psalm 140:4 Lit push violently
  4. Psalm 140:5 Lit track
  5. Psalm 140:7 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  6. Psalm 140:7 Lit weapons
  7. Psalm 140:10 Lit watery
  8. Psalm 140:11 Lit man of tongue
  9. Psalm 140:11 Lit thrust upon thrust