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Psalm 140 English Standard Version (ESV)

Deliver Me, O Lord, from Evil Men

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

140 Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men;
  preserve me from violent men,
2 who plan evil things in their heart
  and stir up wars continually.
3 They make their tongue sharp as a serpent’s,
  and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah

4 Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
  preserve me from violent men,
  who have planned to trip up my feet.
5 The arrogant have hidden a trap for me,
  and with cords they have spread a net;
  beside the way they have set snares for me. Selah

6 I say to the Lord, You are my God;
  give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O Lord!
7 O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation,
  you have covered my head in the day of battle.
8 Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked;
  do not further their evil plot, or they will be exalted! Selah

9 As for the head of those who surround me,
  let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!
10 Let burning coals fall upon them!
  Let them be cast into fire,
  into miry pits, no more to rise!
11 Let not the slanderer be established in the land;
  let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!

12 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted,
  and will execute justice for the needy.
13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name;
  the upright shall dwell in your presence.


  • David’s enemies were evil, violent men who were stirring up trouble for him and his kingdom. He asked God not to permit his enemies’ evil intentions.
  • David called on God to rescue him, confident that among his works is protecting his people from men of violence, and securing justice for the poor.
  • This psalm encourages God’s people to call on him in distress when wicked people oppress them.
  • Bring all your troubles and difficulties to God right now and ask God to rescue you!