Old Testament in a year – Day 136

Psalms 120: 1 - 7

A Prayer for Help
1When I was in trouble, I called to the LORD,
and he answered me.
2Save me, LORD,
from liars and deceivers.
3You liars, what will God do to you?
How will he punish you?
4With a soldier's sharp arrows,
with red-hot charcoal!
5Living among you is as bad as living in Meshech
or among the people of Kedar.
6I have lived too long
with people who hate peace!
7When I speak of peace,
they are for war.

Good News Translation® with Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha (Today’s English Version, Second Edition) © 1992 American Bible Society. All rights reserved.

Psalms 140: 1 - 142: 7

A Prayer for Protection
1Save me, LORD, from evildoers;
keep me safe from violent people.
2They are always plotting evil,
always stirring up quarrels.
3 Their tongues are like deadly snakes;
their words are like a cobra's poison.
4Protect me, LORD, from the power of the wicked;
keep me safe from violent people
who plot my downfall.
5The proud have set a trap for me;
they have laid their snares
and along the path they have set traps to catch me.
6I say to the LORD, “You are my God.”
Hear my cry for help, LORD!
7My Sovereign LORD, my strong defender,
you have protected me in battle.
8LORD, don't give the wicked what they want;
don't let their plots succeed.
9Don't let my enemies be victorious;
make their threats against me fall back on them.
10May red-hot coals fall on them;
may they be thrown into a pit and never get out.
11May those who accuse others falsely not succeed;
may evil overtake violent people and destroy them.
12LORD, I know that you defend the cause of the poor
and the rights of the needy.
13The righteous will praise you indeed;
they will live in your presence.
An Evening Prayer
1I call to you, LORD; help me now!
Listen to me when I call to you.
2 Receive my prayer as incense,
my uplifted hands as an evening sacrifice.
3LORD, place a guard at my mouth,
a sentry at the door of my lips.
4Keep me from wanting to do wrong
and from joining evil people in their wickedness.
May I never take part in their feasts.
5Good people may punish me and rebuke me in kindness,
but I will never accept honour from evil people,
because I am always praying against their evil deeds.
6When their rulers are thrown down from rocky cliffs,
the people will admit that my words were true.
7Like wood that is split and chopped into bits,
so their bones are scattered at the edge of the grave.
8But I keep trusting in you, my Sovereign LORD.
I seek your protection;
don't let me die!
9Protect me from the traps they have set for me,
from the snares of those evildoers.
10May the wicked fall into their own traps
while I go by unharmed.
A Prayer for Help
1I call to the LORD for help;
I plead with him.
2I bring him all my complaints;
I tell him all my troubles.
3When I am ready to give up,
he knows what I should do.
In the path where I walk,
my enemies have hidden a trap for me.
4When I look beside me,
I see that there is no one to help me,
no one to protect me.
No one cares for me.
5LORD, I cry to you for help;
you, LORD, are my protector;
you are all I want in this life.
6Listen to my cry for help,
for I am sunk in despair.
Save me from my enemies;
they are too strong for me.
7Set me free from my distress;
then in the assembly of your people I will praise you
because of your goodness to me.

Good News Translation® with Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha (Today’s English Version, Second Edition) © 1992 American Bible Society. All rights reserved.