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Psalm 140

Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men :
 and preserve me from violent men.
Who devise mischief in their hearts :
 who stir up enmity day by day.
They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent’s :
 and the venom of asps is under their lips.
Keep me, O Lord, from the power of the wicked :
 preserve me from violent men,
   who think to thrust me from my course.
The arrogant have laid a snare for me,
   and rogues have stretched the net :
 they have set traps along my way.
But I have said to the Lord ‘You are my God’ :
 hear, O Lord, the voice of my pleading.
O Lord my God and my sure stronghold :
 you have covered my head in the day of battle.
Do not fulfil, O Lord, the desire of the wicked :
 nor further the evil that he has devised.
[Let not those that beset me lift their heads :
 but let the mischief that is on their lips bury them.
Let hot burning coals be poured upon them :
 let them be plunged into that miry pit
   from which they shall never arise.
Let no man of evil tongue find footing in the land :
 the evil, the violent man let him be hunted to the end.]
I know that the Lord will work justice for the oppressed :
 and right judgements for the poor.
Surely the righteous shall have cause to praise your name :
 and the just shall dwell in your sight.

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