Psalm 140

Prayer for Protection against the Wicked.

For the music director. A Psalm of David.

140 Rescue me, Lord, from evil people;
Protect me from violent men
Who devise evil things in their hearts;
They continually stir up wars.
They sharpen their tongues like a snake;
The venom of a viper is under their lips. Selah

Keep me, Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
Protect me from violent men
Who [a]intend to [b]trip up my feet.
The proud have hidden a trap for me, and snares;
They have spread a net at the [c]wayside;
They have set snares for me. Selah

I said to the Lord, “You are my God;
Listen, Lord, to the sound of my pleadings.
[d]God the Lord, the strength of my salvation,
You have covered my head on the day of [e]battle.
Do not grant, Lord, the desires of the wicked;
Do not bring about his evil planning, so that they are not exalted. Selah

“As for the head of those who surround me,
May the harm of their lips cover them.
10 May burning coals fall upon them;
May they be cast into the fire,
Into bottomless pits from which they cannot rise.
11 May a [f]slanderer not endure on the earth;
May evil hunt a violent person [g]violently.”

12 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted,
And justice for the poor.
13 Certainly the righteous will give thanks to Your name;
The upright will dwell in Your presence.


  1. Psalm 140:4 Or devise
  2. Psalm 140:4 Lit push
  3. Psalm 140:5 Lit track
  4. Psalm 140:7 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  5. Psalm 140:7 Lit weapons
  6. Psalm 140:11 Lit man of tongue
  7. Psalm 140:11 Lit blow upon blow