Psalm 141 World English Bible

A Prayer for Preservation from Evil

141 1  Yahweh, I have called on you.
Come to me quickly!
Listen to my voice when I call to you. 2  Let my prayer be set before you like incense;
the lifting up of my hands like the evening sacrifice. 3  Set a watch, Yahweh, before my mouth.
Keep the door of my lips. 4  Don’t incline my heart to any evil thing,
to practice deeds of wickedness with men who work iniquity.
Don’t let me eat of their delicacies.

5  Let the righteous strike me, it is kindness;
let him reprove me, it is like oil on the head;
don’t let my head refuse it;
Yet my prayer is always against evil deeds. 6  Their judges are thrown down by the sides of the rock.
They will hear my words, for they are well spoken. 7  “As when one plows and breaks up the earth,
our bones are scattered at the mouth of Sheol.” 8  For my eyes are on you, Yahweh, the Lord.
In you, I take refuge.
Don’t leave my soul destitute. 9  Keep me from the snare which they have laid for me,
from the traps of the workers of iniquity. 10  Let the wicked fall together into their own nets,
while I pass by.

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