138:8 If I ascend into heaven, thou art there: if I descend into hell, thou art present.
138:9. If I take my wings early in the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea:
138:10. Even there also shall thy hand lead me: and thy right hand shall hold me.
138:11. And I said: Perhaps darkness shall cover me: and night shall be my light in my pleasures.
138:12. But darkness shall not be dark to thee, and night shall be light all the day: the darkness thereof, and the light thereof are alike to thee.
138:13. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast protected me from my mother's womb.
138:14. I will praise thee, for thou art fearfully magnified: wonderful are thy works, and my soul knoweth right well.
138:15. My bone is not hidden from thee, which thou hast made in secret: and my substance in the lower parts of the earth.
138:16. Thy eyes did see my imperfect being, and in thy book all shall be written: days shall be formed, and no one in them.
138:17. But to me thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honourable: their principality is exceedingly strengthened.
138:18. I will number them, and they shall be multiplied above the sand, I rose up and am still with thee.
138:19. If thou wilt kill the wicked, O God: ye men of blood, depart from me:
138:20. Because you say in thought: They shall receive thy cities in vain.
Because you say in thought, etc... Depart from me, you wicked, who plot against the servants of God, and think to cast them out of the cities of their habitation; as if they have received them in vain, and to no purpose.
138:21. Have I not hated them, O Lord, that hated thee: and pined away because of thy enemies?
138:22. I have hated them with a perfect hatred: and they are become enemies to me.
I have hated them... Not with an hatred of malice, but a zeal for the observance of God's commandments; which he saw were despised by the wicked, who are to be considered enemies to God.
138:23. Prove me, O God, and know my heart: examine me, and know my paths.
138:24. And see if there be in me the way of iniquity: and lead me in the eternal way.
Psalms Chapter 139
Eripe me, Domine.
A prayer to be delivered from the wicked.
139:1. Unto the end, a psalm of David.
139:2. Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man: rescue me from the unjust man.
139:3. Who have devised iniquities in their hearts: all the day long they designed battles.
139:4. They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent: the venom of asps is under their lips.
139:5. Keep me, O Lord, from the hand of the wicked: and from unjust men deliver me. Who have proposed to supplant my steps:
139:6. The proud have hidden a net for me. And they have stretched out cords for a snare: they have laid for me a stumblingblock by the wayside.
139:7. I said to the Lord: Thou art my God: hear, O Lord, the voice of my supplication.
139:8. O Lord, Lord, the strength of my salvation: thou hast overshadowed my head in the day of battle.
139:9. Give me not up, O Lord, from my desire to the wicked: they have plotted against me; do not thou forsake me, lest they should triumph.
139:10. The head of them compassing me about: the labour of their lips shall overwhelm them.
139:11. Burning coals shall fall upon them; thou wilt cast them down into the fire: in miseries they shall not be able to stand.
139:12. A man full of tongue shall not be established in the earth: evil shall catch the unjust man unto destruction.
139:13. I know that the Lord will do justice to the needy, and will revenge the poor.
139:14. But as for the just, they shall give glory to thy name: and the upright shall dwell with thy countenance.
Psalms Chapter 140
A prayer against sinful words, and deceitful flatterers.
A psalm of David.
140:1. I have cried to thee, O Lord, hear me: hearken to my voice, when I cry to thee.
140:2. Let my prayer be directed as incense in thy sight; the lifting up of my hands, as evening sacrifice.
140:3. Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth: and a door round about my lips.
140:4. Incline not my heart to evil words; to make excuses in sins. With men that work iniquity: and I will not communicate with the choicest of them.
140:5. The just man shall correct me in mercy, and shall reprove me: but let not the oil of the sinner fatten my head. For my prayer shall still be against the things with which they are well pleased:
Let not the oil of the sinner, etc... That is, the flattery, or deceitful praise.-Ibid. For my prayer, etc... So far from coveting their praises, who are never well pleased but with things that are evil; I shall continually pray to be preserved from such things as they are delighted with.
140:6. Their judges falling upon the rock have been swallowed up. They shall hear my words, for they have prevailed:
Their judges, etc... Their rulers, or chiefs, quickly vanish and perish, like ships dashed against the rocks, and swallowed up by the waves. Let them then hear my words, for they are powerful and will prevail; or, as it is in the Hebrew, for they are sweet.
140:7. As when the thickness of the earth is broken up upon the ground: Our bones are scattered by the side of hell.
140:8. But to thee, O Lord, Lord, are my eyes: in thee have I put my trust, take not away my soul.