To the chief Musician, A Psalm of Dawid.
1 Deliver me, O יהוה, from the evil man; preserve me from the violent man;
2 Who imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.
3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah.
4 Keep me, O יהוה, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.
5 The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah.
6 I said unto יהוה, “You are my God (Elohim); hear the voice of my supplications, O יהוה.
7 O יהוה my Lord (Adonai), strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle.
8 Grant not, O יהוה, the desires of the wicked; further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.
9 As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.
10 Let burning coals fall upon them; let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again.
11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth; evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.
12 I know that יהוה will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.
13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto Your name; the upright shall dwell in Your presence.