Set Me Free From Evil

Set me free from evil, and its doers, Lord.

From their thoughts of vi’lence, and their cries for war.

From their tongues like snakes and lying viper lips,

keep me from their venom, and their crushing grips.

    Root and branch of justice, for the weak and poor,

    May we live uprightly, with you evermore.

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Guard me, Lord, from wicked plots and hidden traps.

Guide me far from those who’d lead me to a lapse.

Keep my feet on your way, safe from hidden nets;

from the snares along the road that have been set. 

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    Root and branch of justice, for the weak and poor

    May we live uprightly, with you evermore.

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I confess none other to be God but you.

Hear my ev’ry prayer, ev’ry cry I hue.

Keep me out of battle. Your name I invoke.

Stop the evil plotting of all wicked folk.

    Root and branch of justice, for the weak and poor

    May we live uprightly, with you evermore.

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Ev’rywhere around me, wicked people boast.

May they not prevail but fail at the utmost.  

May they learn the error of their twisted ways

Yet, may you forgive them, by your plentious grace. 

    Root and branch of justice, for the weak and poor

    May we live uprightly, with you evermore.

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Photo:  by David Clode on Unsplash

Source: Psalm 140

Text: © David Alexander, 2020

Tune:  Wye Valley (with Refrain)  Public Domain

Score: https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/LikeARiverGlorious-WyeValley.pdf

Audio:  www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

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