Psalm 139 (Mid-hour of Ninth Hour, Sixth Royal Hour, Holy Friday)
(Psalm 140 – Hebrew Numbering)
Rescue me, O Lord, from the evil man; from the unjust man deliver me.
Who have devised injustice in their heart; all the day long have they arrayed themselves for wars.
They have whetted their tongue like that of a serpent; the venom of asps is under their lips.
Keep me, O Lord, from the hand of the sinner; rescue me from unjust men who have devised to undermine my steps.
The proud have hid a snare for me, and with cords have they spread a snare for my feet; stumbling-blocks near the paths have they set for me.
I said unto the Lord: Thou art my God; give ear, O Lord, unto the voice of my supplication.
Lord, O Lord, Thou strength of my salvation, Thou hast overshadowed my head in the day of battle.
Because of my desire, O Lord, give me not up unto the sinner.
They have taken counsel against me; forsake me not, lest they should be exalted.
As for the head of those that encircle me, the mischief of their lips shall cover them.
Coals shall fall upon them; in fire shalt Thou cast them down, and they shall not stand in afflictions.
A babbling man shall not prosper on the earth; evils shall hunt an unjust man to his destruction.
I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the poor and the justice of the paupers.
Surely the righteous shall confess Thy name, and the upright shall dwell in Thy presence.