1 Lord, save me from sinful people. Keep me safe from those who want to hurt me. 2 They make evil plans in their hearts. They are always starting fights. 3 Their tongues are as deadly as the tongue of a serpent. The words from their lips are like the poison of a snake.
4 Lord, keep me safe from the hands of sinful people. Protect me from those who want to hurt me. They plan ways to trip me up and make me fall. 5 Proud people have hidden their traps to catch me. They have spread out their nets. They have set traps for me along my path.
6 I say to the Lord, “You are my God.” Lord, hear my cry for mercy. 7 Lord and King, you save me because you are strong. You are like a shield that keeps me safe in the day of battle. 8 Lord, don’t give sinners what they want. Don’t let their plans succeed.
9 Those who are all around me proudly raise their heads. May the trouble they planned for me happen to them. 10 May burning coals fall on people like that. May they be thrown into the fire. May they be thrown into muddy pits and never get out. 11 Don’t let people who lie about me be secure in the land. May trouble hunt down those who want to hurt me.
12 I know that the Lord makes sure that poor people are treated fairly. He stands up for those who are in need. 13 I’m sure that those who do right will praise your name. Those who are honest will live with you.