Psalm 141 Revised Standard Version

A Prayer for Preservation from Evil

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

5  Let a good man strike or rebuke me in kindness, but let the oil of the wicked never anoint my head; for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds. 6  When they are given over to those who shall condemn them, then they shall learn that the word of the Lord is true. 7  As a rock which one cleaves and shatters on the land, so shall their bones be strewn at the mouth of Sheol. 8  But my eyes are toward thee, O Lord God; in thee I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless! 9  Keep me from the trap which they have laid for me, and from the snares of evildoers! 10  Let the wicked together fall into their own nets, while I escape.

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