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  • Psalm 140
  • Eripe me, Domine


1 Deliver me, O LORD, from evildoers; *

protect me from the violent,

2 Who devise evil in their hearts *

and stir up strife all day long.

3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; *

adder's poison is under their lips.

4 Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; *

protect me from the violent,

who are determined to trip me up.

5 The proud have hidden a snare for me

and stretched out a net of cords; *

they have set traps for me along the path.

6 I have said to the LORD, "You are my God; *

listen, O LORD, to my supplication.

7 O Lord GOD, the strength of my salvation, *

you have covered my head in the day of battle.

8 Do not grant the desires of the wicked, O LORD, *

nor let their evil plans prosper.

9 Let not those who surround me lift up their heads; *

let the evil of their lips overwhelm them.

10 Let hot burning coals fall upon them; *

let them be cast into the mire, never to rise up again."

11 A slanderer shall not be established on the earth, *

and evil shall hunt down the lawless.

12 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the poor *

and render justice to the needy.

13 Surely, the righteous will give thanks to your Name, *

and the upright shall continue in your sight.

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  chanted by the Rev. Philip Mayer
St. Peter's by the Lake Episcopal Church
The Colony, Texas