Psalm 140 presents a vivid plea for God’s intervention against deceitful and violent men. The author, commonly believed to be David, portrays his enemies with striking imagery, likening their malicious words to the deadly poison of serpents. Amidst the dangers, he steadfastly trusts in the Lord's righteous judgment, imploring divine retribution on the evil-doers while affirming the Lord’s support for the downtrodden. The psalm culminates in the assurance that the upright will indeed honor God and live under His safeguard.

Psalm 140

1  (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) 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. 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.

End of Psalm 140

1 Year Plan:  Dec 5 - Hos 10, Hos 11,  Ps 140 [next day]

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