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Psalm 140 was written by David. And to me, David, is writing about the cry for relief(vv. 1-7) and retribuion(vv.8-11).
Vs.1 Rescue me O' Lord from evil men; Preserve me from violent men.
Vs.4 Keep me O' Lord from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have purposed to trip up my feet.
David then praises God for who He is and what He does, listener and protector...
V6. I said to the Lord Thou art me Lord Give ear my Lord to the voice of my supplications.
v7. O God the Lord the strength of my salavtion. THou hast covered my head in the day of battle.

Then in v. 8 he starts to cry out for retribution...
v8. Do not grant O Lord the desires of the wicked, do not promote his evil device, lest they be exalted.
v10 May burning coals fall upon them; may they be cast into the fire, Into the pits from which they can not rise.

And as you will see towards the end of the Psalm(vv 12-13) he is confident that God will answer his call.
v12. I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and justice for the poor.
v13. Surly the righteous wi;; give thanks to thy name, and the upright will dwell in thy presence.

Thanks BJ! Great comments. You've got some better exegesis going here on this Psalm than I did... :) I was launching into some hermeneutics and was a bit focused on the Revelation readings when doing so. Thanks for this perspective on the Psalm!


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