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Psalms 140

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 1 Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man; preserve me from the violent men;

 2 Who imagines mischiefs in their heart; they are continually together for war.

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

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

 5 The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set traps for me. Selah.1

 6 I said to the LORD, "You are my God, hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.

 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 further not his wicked plans; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.

 9 As for the head of those that surround me, 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, so that they do not rise up again.

 11 Do not 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 to your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence, (before your very face).


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1 The evil, violent men who continually surround David in war against him, with traps and snares, with insults and evil plans, are demons. The demons are used by God to humble a man, to cause him to give up his selfishness, to fear God, and to hate the evil that has brought him to the suffering. David is losing patience and wishing evil to befall his persecutors; to become free of them, he will have to further resign to the chastising hand of God, losing resentment for his persecutors.

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