Psalm 140:6
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New International Version
I say to the LORD, "You are my God." Hear, LORD, my cry for mercy.

New Living Translation
I said to the LORD, "You are my God!" Listen, O LORD, to my cries for mercy!

English Standard Version
I say to the LORD, You are my God; give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O LORD!

New American Standard Bible
I said to the LORD, "You are my God; Give ear, O LORD, to the voice of my supplications.

King James Bible
I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I say to the LORD, "You are my God." Listen, LORD, to my cry for help.

International Standard Version
So I say to the LORD, "You are my God; listen to my voice as I plead for mercy, LORD.

NET Bible
I say to the LORD, "You are my God." O LORD, pay attention to my plea for mercy!

New Heart English Bible
I said to the LORD, "You are my God." Listen to the cry of my petitions, LORD.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I said to Lord Jehovah, “You are my God! Give ear to the voice of my prayer!”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I said to the LORD, "You are my God." O LORD, open your ears to hear my plea for pity.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have said unto the LORD: 'Thou art my God'; Give ear, O LORD, unto the voice of my supplications.

New American Standard 1977
I said to the LORD, “Thou art my God;
            Give ear, O LORD, to the voice of my supplications.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
I said unto the LORD, you are my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.

American King James Version
I said to the LORD, You are my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.

American Standard Version
I said unto Jehovah, Thou art my God: Give ear unto the voice of my supplications, O Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I said to the Lord: Thou art my God: hear, O Lord, the voice of my supplication.

Darby Bible Translation
I have said unto Jehovah, Thou art my God: give ear, O Jehovah, to the voice of my supplications.

English Revised Version
I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God: give ear unto the voice of my supplications, O LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
I said to the LORD, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.

World English Bible
I said to Yahweh, "You are my God." Listen to the cry of my petitions, Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
I have said to Jehovah, 'My God art Thou, Hear, Jehovah, the voice of my supplications.'
Study Bible
Deliver Me, O Lord, from the Evil Man
5The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords; They have spread a net by the wayside; They have set snares for me. Selah. 6I said to the LORD, "You are my God; Give ear, O LORD, to the voice of my supplications. 7"O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle.…
Cross References
Psalm 5:2
Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God, For to You I pray.

Psalm 16:2
I said to the LORD, "You are my Lord; I have no good besides You."

Psalm 28:2
Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You for help, When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.

Psalm 31:14
But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD, I say, "You are my God."

Psalm 116:1
I love the LORD, because He hears My voice and my supplications.

Psalm 118:28
You are my God, and I give thanks to You; You are my God, I extol You.

Psalm 119:170
Let my supplication come before You; Deliver me according to Your word.

Psalm 130:2
Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications.

Psalm 143:1
A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer, O LORD, Give ear to my supplications! Answer me in Your faithfulness, in Your righteousness!
Treasury of Scripture

I said to the LORD, You are my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.

I said unto

Psalm 16:2,5,6 O my soul, you have said to the LORD, You are my Lord: my goodness …

Psalm 31:14 But I trusted in you, O LORD: I said, You are my God.

Psalm 91:2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; …

Psalm 119:57 You are my portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep your words.

Psalm 142:5 I cried to you, O LORD: I said, You are my refuge and my portion …

Lamentations 3:24 The LORD is my portion, said my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

Zechariah 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine …

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Psalm 27:7,8 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also on me, and answer me…

Psalm 28:1,2 To you will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if …

Psalm 55:1,2 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not yourself from my supplication…

Psalm 64:1 Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

Verse 6. - I said unto the Lord, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O Lord (comp. Psalm 31:14; Psalm 143:1). The expressions used are markedly Davidical. I said unto the Lord, thou art my God,.... He said this to the Lord himself; claimed his covenant interest in him, and expressed it in the strength of faith: and this he did when in the midst of trouble and distress; in danger of falling into the hands of evil and violent men; they imagined mischief against him; were bent on his ruin, and laid nets, snares, gins, and traps for him; when he applied to his God, who only could deliver him; and being his covenant God, he had reason to believe he would; see Psalm 31:14;

hear the voice of my supplications, O Lord; the requests he put up in an humble manner for deliverance and salvation; and which he expressed vocally, and entreated they might be heard and answered; and nothing could tend more to strengthen his faith in this than that it was his own God and Father he prayed unto; see Psalm 28:2; Thus Christ, in the days of his flesh, offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying; and in the midst of his troubles, and surrounded with enemies, declared his faith in God as his God, Hebrews 5:7. 6 I said unto the Lord, Thou art my God, hear the voice of my supplications, O Lord.

7 O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.

8 Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked, further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.

Psalm 140:6

"I said unto the Lord, thou art my God." Here was David's stay and hope. He was assured that Jehovah was his God, he expressed that assurance, and he expressed it before Jehovah himself. That had need be a good and full assurance which a man dares to lay before the face of the heart-searching Lord. The Psalmist when hunted by man, addressed himself to God. Often the less we say to our foes, and the more we say to our best Friend the better it will fare with us' if we say anything, let it be said unto the Lord. David rejoiced in the fact that he had already said that Jehovah was his God: he was content to have committed himself, he had no wish to draw back. The Lord was David's own by deliberate choice, to which he again sets his seal with delight. The wicked reject God, but the righteous receive him as their own, their treasure, their pleasure, their light and delight. "Hear the voice of my supplications, O Lord." Since thou art mine, I pray thee hear my cries. We cannot ask this favour of another man's god, but we may seek it from our own God. The prayers of saints have a voice in them; they are expressive pleadings even when they sound like inarticulate moanings. The Lord can discern a voice in our wailings, and he can and will hearken thereto. Because he is God he can hear us; because he is our God he will hear us. So long as the Lord doth but hear us we are content - the answer may be according to his own will, but we do entreat to be heard a soul in distress is grateful to any one who will be kind and patient enough to hearken to its tale, but specially is it thankful for an audience with Jehovah. The more we consider his greatness and our insignificance, his wisdom and our folly, the more shall we be filled with praise when the Lord attends unto our cry.

Psalm 140:7

"O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle." When he looked back upon past dangers and deliverances, the good man felt that he should have perished had not the Lord held a shield over his head. In the day of the clash of arms, or of putting on of armour (as some read it), the glorious Lord had been his constant protector. Goliath had his armour-bearer, and so had Saul, and these each one guarded his master; yet the giant and the king both perished, while David, without armour or shield, slew the giant and baffled the tyrant. The shield of the Eternal is better protection than a helmet of brass. When arrows fly thick and the battle-axe crashes right and left, there is no covering for the head like the power of the Almighty. See how the Child of providence glorifies his Preserver! He calls him not only his salvation, but the strength of it, by whose unrivalled force he had been enabled to outlive the cunning and cruelty of his adversaries. He had obtained a deliverance in which the strength of the Omnipotent was clearly to be seen. This is a grand utterance of praise, a gracious ground of comfort, a prevalent argument in prayer. He that has covered our head aforetime will not now desert us. Wherefore let us fight a good fight, and fear no deadly wound: the Lord God is our shield, and our exceeding great reward.

Psalm 140:8

"Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked." Even they are dependent upon thee; they can do no more than thou dost permit. Thou dost restrain them; not a dog of them can move his tongue without thy leave and license. Therefore I entreat thee not to let them have their way. Even though they dare to pray to thee, do not hear their prayers against innocent men. Assuredly the Lord Jehovah will be no accomplice with the malevolent; their desires shall never be his desires; if they thirst for blood he will not gratify their cruelty. "Further not his wicked device." They are so united as to be like one man in their wishes; but do not hear their prayers. Though hand join in hand, and they desire and design as one man, yet do not thou lend them the aid of thy providence. Do not permit their malicious schemes to succeed. The Lord may allow success to attend the policy of the wicked for a time for wise reasons unknown to us, but we are permitted to pray that it be not so. The petition "Deliver us from evil" includes and allows such supplication. "Lest they exalt themselves." If successful, the wicked are sure to grow proud, and insult the righteous over whom they have triumphed, and this is so great an evil, and so dishonouring to God, that the Psalmist uses it in his pleading as an argument against their being allowed to prosper. The glory of the wicked is opposed to the glory of God. If God seems to favour them they grow too high for this world, and their heads strike against the heavens. Let us hope that the Lord will not suffer this to be. "Selah." Here let us exalt our thoughts and praises high over the heads of self-exalting sinners. The more they rise in conceit the higher let us rise in confidence. 6. (Compare Ps 5:1-12; 16:2).140:1-7 The more danger appears, the more earnest we should be in prayer to God. All are safe whom the Lord protects. If he be for us, who can be against us? We should especially watch and pray, that the Lord would hold up our goings in his ways, that our footsteps slip not. God is as able to keep his people from secret fraud as from open force; and the experience we have had of his power and care, in dangers of one kind, may encourage us to depend upon him in other dangers.
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