Psalm 141 English Standard Version

A Prayer for Preservation from Evil

141 1  O Lord, I call upon you; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to you! 2  Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice! 3  Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! 4  Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies!

5  Let a righteous man strike me--it is a kindness; let him rebuke me--it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it. Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds. 6  When their judges are thrown over the cliff,[1] then they shall hear my words, for they are pleasant. 7  As when one plows and breaks up the earth, so shall our bones be scattered at the mouth of Sheol.[2] 8  But my eyes are toward you, O GOD, my Lord; in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless![3] 9  Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me and from the snares of evildoers! 10  Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by safely.


[1] 141:6 Or When their judges fall into the hands of the Rock

[2] 141:7 The meaning of the Hebrew in verses 6, 7 is uncertain

[3] 141:8 Hebrew refuge; do not pour out my life!

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