1 «To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.» Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from theWho persecutes me out of malice and without cause.violent man;
2 Which imagine mischiefs in [their]That is, by their false accusations and lies, they kindle the hatred of the wicked against me.heart; continually are they gathered together [for] war.
3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent;He shows the weapons the wicked use, when power and force fail them.adders' poison [is] under their lips. Selah.
4 KeepHe declares the remedy of the godly, when they are oppressed by the worldlings.me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.
5 The proude haue layde a snare for me, and spred a nette with cordes in my pathway, and set grennes for me. Selah.
6 Therefore I saide vnto the Lorde, Thou art my God: heare, O Lord, the voyce of my prayers.
7 O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thouHe calls to God with lively faith, being assured of his mercies, because he had before time proved, that God helped him ever in his dangers.hast covered my head in the day of battle.
8 Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked:For it is in God's hand to overthrow the counsels and enterprises of the wicked.further not his wicked device; [lest] they exalt themselves. Selah.
9 [As for]It seems that he alludes to Saul.the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.
10 Let burning coals fall upon them:That is by God, for David saw that they were reprobate and that there was no hope of repentance in 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 shallGod's plagues will light on him in such sort, that he will not escape.hunt the violent man to overthrow [him].
12 I know that the Lord will auenge the afflicted, and iudge the poore.
13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shallThat is, will be descended and preserved by your fatherly providence and care.dwell in thy presence.