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Psalm 140

(from Day 29 Morning Prayer)

Eripe me, Domine

  1. DELIVER me, O Lord, from the evil man: and preserve me from the wicked man.
  2. Who imagine mischief in their hearts: and stir up strife all the day long.
  3. They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent: adders' poison is under their lips.
  4. Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the ungodly: preserve me from the wicked men, who are purposed to overthrow my goings.
  5. The proud have laid a snare for me, and spread a net abroad with cords: yea, and set traps in my way.
  6. I said unto the Lord, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my prayers, O Lord.
  7. O Lord God, thou strength of my health: thou hast covered my head in the day of the battle.
  8. Let not the ungodly have his desire, O Lord: let not his mischievous imagination prosper, lest they be too proud.
  9. Let the mischief of their own lips fall upon the head of them: that compass me about.
  10. Let hot burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire and into the pit, that they never rise up again.
  11. A man full of words shall not prosper upon the earth: evil shall hunt the wicked person to overthrow him.
  12. Sure I am that the Lord will avenge the poor: and maintain the cause of the helpless.
  13. The righteous also shall give thanks unto thy Name: and the just shall continue in thy sight.