1 Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men;
Preserve me from violent men,
2 Who plan evil things in their hearts;
They continually gather together for war.
3 They sharpen their tongues like a serpent;
The poison of asps is under their lips.


  • Lord, when I am surrounded by evil and violent enemies, deliver me from their devices meant for my harm.
  • Preserve me when I am under attack.
  • Let their plans fall to nothing, and their war tactics be confounded.
  • Let no one’s words harm me or my reputation.
  • Let no poisonous arrow pierce my heart. Keep me safe in Your loving arms of strength.
  • I will pause and think of Your deliverance, Your multiple rescues of my soul, Your healing power and Your grace. I thank You for all that You mean to me.

4 Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked;
Preserve me from violent men,
Who have purposed to make my steps stumble.
5 The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords;
They have spread a net by the wayside;
They have set traps for me.


  • Watch over my steps, that I may not fall.
  • Keep me from evil and let them not trap my feet in their snares.
  • Steady my feet on the path You have set before me.
  • Let no net or rope catch me unaware, but help me to be vigilant in my journey.
  • Guide my steps and guard my heart.

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