Deliver Me, O Lord, from Evil Men

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1401yDeliver me, O Lord, from evil men;

  preserve me from zviolent men,

2who plan evil things in their heart

  and astir up wars continually.

3They make btheir tongue sharp as ca serpent's,

  and dunder their lips is the evenom of asps.   Selah

4Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;

  preserve me from zviolent men,

  who have planned to trip up my feet.

5The arrogant have fhidden a trap for me,

  and with cords they have spread ga net;1

  beside the way they have set hsnares for me.   Selah

6iI say to the Lord, You are my God;

  give ear to jthe voice of my pleas for mercy, O Lord!

7O Lord, my Lord, kthe strength of my salvation,

  you have covered my head in the day of battle.

8lGrant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked;

  do not further their2 evil plot, or mthey will be exalted!   Selah

9As for the head of those who surround me,

  let nthe mischief of their lips overwhelm them!

10Let oburning coals fall upon them!

  Let them be cast into fire,

  into miry pits, no more to rise!

11Let not the slanderer be established in the land;

  let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!

12I know that the Lord will pmaintain the cause of the afflicted,

  and qwill execute justice for the needy.

13Surely rthe righteous shall give thanks to your name;

  sthe upright shall dwell in your presence.