Psalms 141

A psalm of David.

O Lord, I call thee, hasten unto me: give ear unto my voice, when I call unto thee. May my prayer be valued as incense before thee, the lifting up of my hands, as the evening offering. Set, O Lord, a watch unto my mouth: keep a guard at the door of my lips. Permit not my heart to incline after any evil thing, to practise deeds in wickedness with men that are doers of wrong: and let me not eat of their dainties. If the righteous strike me, it is a kindness; and if he reprove me, it is as oil poured on the head, my head shall not refuse it; for yet my prayer also is offered in their sufferings. Are their judges fallen down through means of a rock: then will they listen to my words; for they are pleasant. As when one cutteth in and splitteth open the earth: so are our bones scattered for the mouth of the grave. For unto thee, O Eternal Lord, are my eyes directed; in thee do I trust: pour not out my life. Guard me from the power of the snare which they have laid for me, and the traps of the wrong-doers. 10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, altogether—while I pass safely by.
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