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The Holy Bible: King James Version. 2000.
The Psalms
140

A Prayer for Protection against Persecutors
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

1  Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man:
        
preserve me from the violent man;
2  which imagine mischiefs in their heart;
        
continually are they gathered together for war.
3  They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent;
        
adders' poison is under their lips. Rom. 3.13
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 gins for me.
Selah.
6  I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God:
        
hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.
7  O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation,
        
thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.
8  Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked:
        
further not his wicked device;
lest they exalt themselves.
Selah.
9  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.

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