Scripture Verse

Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man; preserve me from the violent man. Psalm 140:1


Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­ian Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 385.

Music: Mu­nich Neu­ver­mehrt­es Ge­sang­buch (Mein­ing­en, Ger­ma­ny: 1693). Har­mo­ny by Fe­lix Men­dels­sohn, 1847 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)


Deliver me from ev­il,
Preserve me, Lord, from wrong;
Against the foes that ga­ther
Be Thou my help­er strong;
From those who plot to hurt me
And spread the trea­cher­ous snare,
Preserve me, Lord, and keep me
Safeguarded in Thy care.

O Lord, I have con­fessed Thee
To be my God alone;
O hear my sup­pli­ca­tion,
And be Thy mer­cy shown;
O God, my Lord and Sav­ior,
My shield amid the strife,
Let not the wick­ed tri­umph
Who plot against my life.

Let ev­il smite the ev­il,
And cause their ov­er­throw;
The needy and af­flict­ed
The Lord will help, I know;
Thy saints, re­deemed from ev­il,
Their thanks to Thee shall give;
The right­eous and the up­right
Shall in Thy pre­sence live.