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Psalms 140:6-8


140:6 I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”

O Lord, pay attention to my plea for mercy!

140:7 O sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer, 1 

you shield 2  my head in the day of battle.

140:8 O Lord, do not let the wicked have their way! 3 

Do not allow their 4  plan to succeed when they attack! 5  (Selah)

1 tn Heb “the strength of my deliverance.”

2 tn Heb “cover.”

3 tn Heb “do not grant the desires of the wicked.”

4 tn Heb “his.” The singular is used in a representative sense (see v. 1).

5 tn Heb “his plot do not promote, they rise up.” The translation understands the final verb as being an unmarked temporal clause. Another option is to revocalize the verb as a Hiphil and take the verb with the next verse, “those who surround me lift up [their] head,” which could refer to their proud attitude as they anticipate victory (see Ps 27:6).

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