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(Of the Director; a psalm; of David’s.) 140 Rescue me, Jehovah, from evil men,guard me from injurious men, 2 Who think of mischief at heart,are starting fights all day, 3 Have whetted their tongues like a snake’s,have under their lips an adder’s venom. (Selah) 4 Keep me out of wrong-doers’ hands, Jehovah,guard me from injurious men,who plan to give my feet a shove. 5 Proud men have buried a trap for meand persecutors have spread a net,on the roadside they have set snares for me. (Selah) 6 I have said to Jehovah “You are my God”;give ear, Jehovah, to my suppliant voice. 7 Jehovah, my Lord, might of my salvation,you have overarched my head when arms were busy. 8 Do not give what a wrong-doer hankers for;do not let his design work out. [Selah] 9 Those who surround me are lifting their heads against me;the mischief of their lips shall cover them, 10 Burning coals shall be dislodged upon them,he shall drop them into a fire,into pits where they shall not get up. 11 A man who depends on his tongue will not stand firm on earth; an injurious man evil shall hunt down stroke by stroke. 12 I know that Jehovah will execute sentence for a downtrodden man,justice for needy men. 13 Honest men shall indeed give thanks to your name,upright men shall be seated before your face.