Psalms 141

Protection from Sin and Sinners

1A Davidic psalm.

Lord, I call on You; hurry to help me.
Listen to my voice when I call on You. a
2 May my prayer be set before You as incense, b
the raising of my hands as the evening offering. c

3 Lord, set up a guard for my mouth;
keep watch at the door of my lips. d
4 Do not let my heart turn to any evil thing
or perform wicked acts
with men who commit sin.
Do not let me feast on their delicacies. e
5 Let the righteous one strike me –
it is an act of faithful love;
let him rebuke me –
it is oil for my head;
let me
Lit my head
not refuse it. g
Even now my prayer is against
the evil acts of the wicked.
Lit of them
6 When their rulers
Or judges
will be thrown off
the sides of a cliff,
the people
Lit cliff, and they
will listen to my words,
for they are pleasing. l

7 As when one plows and breaks up the soil,
turning up rocks,
so our
DSS reads my; some LXX mss, Syr read their
bones have been scattered
at the mouth of
Sheol: A Hebrew word for either the grave or the realm of the dead
Sheol. o

8 But my eyes look to You, Lord God.
I seek refuge in You; do not let me die.
Or not pour out my life
9 Protect me from
Lit from the hands of
the trap they have set for me,
and from the snares of evildoers. s
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
while I pass by safely. t
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