1 Rescue me, LORD, from evildoers; ¶ protect me from the violent,
2 who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day.
3 They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent's; the poison of vipers is on their lips. [^1]
4 Keep me safe, LORD, from the hands of the wicked; ¶ protect me from the violent, ¶ who devise ways to trip my feet.
5 The arrogant have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net ¶ and have set traps for me along my path.
6 I say to the LORD, "You are my God." ¶ Hear, LORD, my cry for mercy.
7 Sovereign LORD, my strong deliverer, you shield my head in the day of battle.
8 Do not grant the wicked their desires, LORD; do not let their plans succeed.
9 Those who surround me proudly rear their heads; ¶ may the mischief of their lips engulf them.
10 May burning coals fall on them; may they be thrown into the fire, ¶ into miry pits, never to rise.
11 May slanderers not be established in the land; may disaster hunt down the violent.
12 I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor ¶ and upholds the cause of the needy.
13 Surely the righteous will praise your name, and the upright will live in your presence.