1 Deliver me, O Lord, from evildoers
and protect me from the violent,
2 Who devise evil in their hearts
and stir up strife all the day long.
3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent;
adders poison is under their lips.
4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
protect me from the violent
who seek to make me stumble.
5 The proud have laid a snare for me
and spread out a net of cords;
they have set traps along my path.
6 I have said to the Lord, You are my God;
listen, O Lord, to the voice of my supplication.
7 O Lord God, the strength of my salvation,
you have covered my head in the day of battle.
8 Do not grant the desires of the wicked, O Lord,
do not prosper their wicked plans.
9 Let not those who surround me lift up their heads;
let the evil of their own lips fall upon them.
10 Let hot burning coals rain upon them;
let them be cast into the depths, that they rise not again.
11 No slanderer shall prosper on the earth,
and evil shall hunt down the violent to overthrow them.
12 I know that the Lord will bring justice for the oppressed
and maintain the cause of the needy.
13 Surely, the righteous will give thanks to your name,
and the upright shall dwell in your presence.
1 O Lord, I call to you; come to me quickly;
hear my voice when I cry to you.
2 Let my prayer rise before you as incense,
the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
3 Set a watch before my mouth, O Lord,
and guard the door of my lips;
4 Let not my heart incline to any evil thing;
let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers,
nor taste the pleasures of their table.
5 Let the righteous smite me in friendly rebuke;
but let not the oil of the unrighteous anoint my head;
for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.
6 Let their rulers be overthrown in stony places;
then they may know that my words are sweet.
7 As when a plough turns over the earth in furrows,
let their bones be scattered at the mouth of the Pit.
8 But my eyes are turned to you, Lord God;
in you I take refuge; do not leave me defenceless.
9 Protect me from the snare which they have laid for me
and from the traps of the evildoers.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
while I pass by in safety.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
The Common Worship psalter is © The Archbishops Council of the Church of England, 2000.
Common Worship texts are available at http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/liturgy/commonworship/
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