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FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 140: God deal with the unrighteous


For the director of music. A psalm of David.


[Preliminary Comments: More in the style of some of his earlier songs, David calls on the Lord to come and deal with his enemies, those who are unrighteous [and who express their unrighteousness in various ways – doing evil [v.1], through violence [v.1], devising evil plans [v.2], speaking slanderously [v.3], demonstrating wickedness [v.4] and their arrogance [v.5]. He calls on the Lord for protection from them [v.6,7], asking the Lord to bring down judgment on them and deal with them [v.8-11]. He concludes by declaring his confidence in the Lord's justice [v.12] which will evoke praise in the righteous [v.13]. It is a psalm all about David's concern about the unrighteous.]



v.1-5 David asks the Lord to save him from his enemies and the way they come at him


v.1  Rescue me, Lord , from [i] evildoers;
    protect me from the
[ii] violent,
v.2  who devise evil plans in their hearts
    and stir up war every day.
v.3  They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent's;
    the poison of vipers is on their lips.

v.4  Keep me safe, Lord , from the hands of the [iii] wicked;
    protect me from the
[iv] violent,
    who devise ways to trip my feet.
v.5  The [v] 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.


v.6,7 He asks for His protection, for Him to deliver him from them


v.6  I say to the Lord , ‘You are my God.'
    Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.
v.7  Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer,
    you shield my head in the day of battle.

v.8-11 He asks the Lord to deal with these enemies of righteousness


v.8  Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord;
[i] do not let their plans succeed.

v.9   [ii] Those who surround me proudly rear their heads;
[iii] may the mischief of their lips engulf them.
v.10   [iv] May burning coals fall on them;
[v]  may they be thrown into the fire,
    into miry pits, never to rise.
v.11   [vi] May slanderers not be established in the land;
[vii]  may disaster hunt down the violent.


v.12 He rests secure in the God of justice ….


v.12  I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor
    and upholds the cause of the needy.

v.13 …. for whom the righteous will bring praise


v.13  Surely the righteous will praise your name,
    and the upright will live in your presence.



[Additional Comments: The heart of this man of God, this man with a heart after God [1 Sam 13:14 & Acts 13:22], is concerned about those around him who are blatantly unrighteous and he spells out both the forms it takes and how he wants the Lord to act against it.]



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