Psalm 141 King James Version

A Prayer for Preservation from Evil

141 Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee. 2  Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. 3  Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. 4  Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.

5  Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: [1] and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities. 6  When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet. 7  Our bones are scattered at the grave's mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth. 8  But mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave [2] not my soul destitute. 9  Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity. 10  Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I withal escape. [3]

Footnotes

[1] 141:5 me: it shall be a...: or, me kindly, and reprove me; let not their precious oil break, etc

[2] 141:8 leave...: Heb. make not my soul bare

[3] 141:10 escape: Heb. pass over

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