Psalm 140:8
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

Berean Study Bible
Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; do not promote their evil plans, lest they 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Don't let the wicked succeed in doing what they want, or else they might never stop planning evil.

Good News Translation
LORD, don't give the wicked what they want; don't let their plots succeed.

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Deliver me not, O Lord, to the sinner, according to my desire: they have devised mischief against me; forsake me not, lest they should be exalted. Pause.

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
Rescue Me, O LORD, From Evil Men
7O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You shield my head in the day of battle. 8Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; do not promote their evil plans, lest they be exalted. Selah 9May the heads of those who surround me be covered in the trouble their lips have caused.…
Cross References
Esther 9:25
But when it came before the king, he commanded by letter that the wicked scheme which Haman had devised against the Jews should come back on his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.

Psalm 10:2
In pride the wicked pursue the needy; let them be caught in the schemes they devise.

Psalm 10:3
For the wicked man boasts in the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.

Psalm 66:7
He rules forever by His power; His eyes watch the nations. Do not let the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah

Psalm 112:10
The wicked man will see and be grieved; he will gnash his teeth and waste away; the desires 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 unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

Psalm 94:20,21
Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? …

2 Samuel 15:31
And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.

lest they exalt themselves.

Deuteronomy 32:27
Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should behave themselves strangely, and lest they should say, Our hand is high, and the LORD hath not done all this.







Lexicon
Grant
תִּתֵּ֣ן (tit·tên)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set

not,
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

O LORD,
יְ֭הוָה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

the desires
מַאֲוַיֵּ֣י (ma·’ă·way·yê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 3970: A desire

of the wicked;
רָשָׁ֑ע (rā·šā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

do not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

promote
תָּ֝פֵ֗ק (tā·p̄êq)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect Jussive - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6329: To issue, furnish, to secure, to succeed

their evil plans,
זְמָמ֥וֹ (zə·mā·mōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2162: A plan, device

[lest] they be exalted.
יָר֥וּמוּ (yā·rū·mū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7311: To be high actively, to rise, raise

Selah
סֶֽלָה׃ (se·lāh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 5542: Suspension, pause
(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. 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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