Psalm 140:8
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New International Version
Do not grant the wicked their desires, LORD; do not let their plans succeed.

New Living Translation
LORD, do not let evil people have their way. Do not let their evil schemes succeed, or they will become proud. Interlude

English Standard Version
Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; do not further their evil plot, or they will be exalted! Selah

New American Standard Bible
"Do not grant, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; Do not promote his evil device, that they not be exalted. Selah.

King James Bible
Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
LORD, do not grant the desires of the wicked; do not let them achieve their goals. Otherwise, they will become proud. Selah

International Standard Version
Never grant, LORD, the desires of the wicked; never condone their plans so they cannot exalt themselves. Interlude

NET Bible
O LORD, do not let the wicked have their way! Do not allow their plan to succeed when they attack! (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
LORD, do not grant the desires of the wicked. Do not let their evil plans succeed, or they will become proud. Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Lord Jehovah, do not grant the lust of the evil man and do not exalt his plot for my head.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O LORD, do not give wicked people what they want. Do not let their evil plans succeed, [or] they will become arrogant. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; Further not his evil device, so that they exalt themselves. Selah

New American Standard 1977
“Do not grant, O LORD, the desires of the wicked;
            Do not promote his evil device, lest they be exalted. Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; do not further his wicked thought lest they exalt themselves. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.

American King James Version
Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.

American Standard Version
Grant not, O Jehovah, the desires of the wicked; Further not his evil device, lest they exalt themselves. Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
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.

Darby Bible Translation
Grant not, O Jehovah, the desire of the wicked; further not his device: they would exalt themselves. Selah.

English Revised Version
Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; further not his evil device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.

World English Bible
Yahweh, don't grant the desires of the wicked. Don't let their evil plans succeed, or they will become proud. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Grant not, O Jehovah, the desires of the wicked, His wicked device bring not forth, They are high. Selah.
Study Bible
Deliver Me, O Lord, from the Evil Man
7"O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle. 8"Do not grant, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; Do not promote his evil device, that they not be exalted. Selah. 9"As for the head of those who surround me, May the mischief of their lips cover them.…
Cross References
Esther 9:25
But when it came to the king's attention, he commanded by letter that his wicked scheme which he had devised against the Jews, should return on his own head and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.

Psalm 10:2
In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.

Psalm 10:3
For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, And the greedy man curses and spurns the LORD.

Psalm 66:7
He rules by His might forever; His eyes keep watch on the nations; Let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.

Psalm 112:10
The wicked will see it and be vexed, He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked will perish.
Treasury of Scripture

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

grant not

Psalm 27:12 Deliver me not over to the will of my enemies: for false witnesses …

Psalm 94:20,21 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with you, which frames …

2 Samuel 15:31 And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators …

Job 5:12,13 He disappoints the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot …

lest they exalt themselves. or, let them not be exalted

Deuteronomy 32:27 Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries …

(8) Desires.--The form of the Hebrew word is anomalous, but the meaning certain. The LXX. and Vulg. give the first clause thus: "Give me not over to the enemy, by reason of their own desire;" which may possibly have been in St. Paul's mind in Romans 1:24.

Further not.--The text of this clause has undoubtedly suffered. The Authorised Version follows the LXX. and Vulg. in inserting a negative before the last word. These versions also take the word rendered "wicked devices" as a verb, not finding a noun of the form anywhere else: "They have plotted against me: desert me not, lest they exalt themselves." So also Symmachus, and another Greek version quoted by Origen.

As the text at present stands, we must render: his plot do not further--they lift up. Looking on to the next verse, "the head of those surrounding me," the suggestion at once arises that the verb lift up properly belongs to this clause:

"His plot do not further.

They lift the head, these surrounding me."

This arrangement disregards the "selah." and also obliges us to suspect that a clause has dropped cut after the first clause of Psalm 140:9--a suspicion confirmed by the rhythm.[20]

[20] Mr. Burgess amends to "Further not his plot to his exaltation."

Verse 8. - Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked. The "desires of the wicked" are hurtful both to themselves and others. It is in his mercy that God does not grant them. Further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. So the LXX., μήποτε ὑψωθῶσιν. Others translate, "Or how they will exalt themselves!" The third stanza here terminates. Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked,.... Of Doeg, as the Targum, and of other wicked men, who were desirous both of taking him, and of taking away his life: but the desires of such men are under the restraints of the Lord; nor can they fulfil them unless they have leave from him, which is here deprecated. The psalmist entreats he might not be delivered up to their will, or they have their will of him; see Psalm 27:12. Jarchi interprets it of Esau, as in Psalm 140:1; and it is applicable enough to antichrist and his wicked followers; who, could they have their desires, would root the Gospel, and the interest of Christ and his people, out of the world;

further not his wicked device: or, "let not his wicked device come forth" (l), or proceed to execution, or be brought to perfection; let him be disappointed in it, that he may not be able to perform his enterprise, or execute his designs; which cannot be done without the divine permission. The Rabbins, as Jarchi and others, render it, "let not his bridle come out" (m); the bridle out of his jaws, with which he was held by the Lord, and restrained from doing his will; let him not be left to his liberty, and freed from the restraints of divine Providence; see Isaiah 37:29;

lest they exalt themselves. Grow proud, haughty, and insolent to God and man; see Deuteronomy 32:27. Or, "let them not be exalted" (n); upon the ruin of me and my friends.

Selah; on this word; see Gill on Psalm 3:2.

(l) "ne facias prodire", Vatablus; "ne sinas exire", Cocceius, Michaelis. (m) "Vel frenum ejus ne sinas exire", Cocceius. (n) "ne exaltentur", Vatablus, Gejerus. 8. (Compare Ps 37:12; 66:7).

lest they exalt themselves—or, they will be exalted if permitted to prosper.140:8-13 Believers may pray that God would not grant the desires of the wicked, nor further their evil devices. False accusers will bring mischief upon themselves, even the burning coals of Divine vengeance. And surely the righteous shall dwell in God's presence, and give him thanks for evermore. This is true thanksgiving, even thanks-living: this use we should make of all our deliverances, we should serve God the more closely and cheerfully. Those who, though evil spoken of and ill-used by men, are righteous in the sight of God, being justified by the righteousness of Christ, which is imputed to them, and received by faith, as the effect of which, they live soberly and righteously; these give thanks to the Lord, for the righteousness whereby they are made righteous, and for every blessing of grace, and mercy of life.
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