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 International Version

Psalm 140

Psalm 140[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Rescue me, Lord, from evildoers;
    protect me from the violent,
who devise evil plans in their hearts
    and stir up war every day.
They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s;
    the poison of vipers is on their lips.[b]

Keep me safe, Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
    protect me from the violent,
    who devise ways to trip my feet.
The arrogant have hidden a snare for me;
    they have spread out the cords of their net
    and have set traps for me along my path.

I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”
    Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.
Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer,
    you shield my head in the day of battle.
Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord;
    do not let their plans succeed.

Those who surround me proudly rear their heads;
    may the mischief of their lips engulf them.
10 May burning coals fall on them;
    may they be thrown into the fire,
    into miry pits, never to rise.
11 May slanderers not be established in the land;
    may disaster hunt down the violent.

12 I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor
    and upholds the cause of the needy.
13 Surely the righteous will praise your name,
    and the upright will live in your presence.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 140:1 In Hebrew texts 140:1-13 is numbered 140:2-14.
  2. Psalm 140:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 5 and 8.