“To the chief musician, a psalm of David.” (140:2) Deliver me, O Lord, from an evil man; from a man of violence do thou keep me; (140:3) Who think over evil [resolves] in their heart, [who] every day are gathered together for war. (140:4) They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent: the poison of the adder is under their lips. Selah. (140:5) Preserve me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked, from the man of violence do thou keep me, who think of overthrowing my steps. (140:6) The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the side of [my] track; traps have they set for me. Selah. (140:7) I have said unto the Lord, Thou art my God: give ear, O Lord, to the voice of my supplications. (140:8) O thou Eternal Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head on the day of battle. (140:9) Grant not, O Lord, the longings of the wicked; suffer not his wicked device to succeed: lest they exalt themselves. Selah. (140:10) [As for] the heads of those that encompass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them. 10 (140:11) Let burning coals be cast upon them: let them be thrown into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again. 11 (140:12) Let not the man of an [evil] tongue be established on the earth: may evil hunt down the violent man to his downfall. 12 (140:13) I know that the Lord will procure right for the afflicted, [and] justice for the needy. 13 (140:14) Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell before thy presence.