To the choirmaster leader, a psalm of David
From evil men.
From those who are violent.
From those who plan evil things in their minds.
From those who stir up wars continually.
They make their tongue sharp as a snake’s tongue.
Under their lips is the poison of vipers.”
Psalm 140 is another in this series of deliverance choral psalms of David. This is a lament against evil men. David wants to be protected from violent people, evil minds, and war mongers. These evil men have tongues like snakes. Their lips were like the poison of vipers. This section ends with the musical interlude meditative pause of Selah.
“Summon your might!
Show your strength!
You have done this for us before.
Because of your temple at Jerusalem,
Kings bear gifts to you.
Rebuke the wild animals
That live among the reeds!
Rebuke the herd of bulls
With the calves of the peoples!
Trample under foot
Those who lust after tribute!
Scatter the peoples
Who delight in war!
Let bronze be
Brought from Egypt!
Let Ethiopia hasten
To stretch out its hands to God.”
As this great procession was headed to the wonderful Temple in Jerusalem, this was a wish that God show his powerful strength. God was to rebuke the wild animals along the reeds of the Nile River, an allusion to Egypt. He was to rebuke the bulls with their calves. He was to trample those people who wanted to collect tribute. He was to scatter the war mongers. The psalmist wanted bronze taken from Egypt. He also wanted Ethiopia to stretch out its hands to God.