Protection from Sin and Sinners
A psalm of David.
1 Lord, I call on you; hurry to help me.
Listen to my voice when I call on you.#Ps 22:19; 38:22; 70:5
2May my prayer be set before you as incense,#Ex 30:8
the raising of my hands as the evening offering.#Lk 1:10; Rv 5:8; 8:3-4
3 Lord, set up a guard for my mouth;
keep watch at the door of my lips.#Ps 34:13; 39:1; Pr 13:3; Mc 7:5
4Do 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.#Ps 119:36; Pr 23:6; Is 32:6
5Let the righteous one strike me —
it is an act of faithful love;
let him rebuke me —
it is oil for my head;
let me#141:5 Lit my head not refuse it.#Ec 7:5; Gl 6:1
Even now my prayer is against
the evil acts of the wicked.#141:5 Lit of them#Ps 109:4
6When their rulers#141:6 Or judges will be thrown off
the sides of a cliff,
the people#141:6 Lit cliff, and they will listen to my words,
for they are pleasing.#2Ch 25:12
7As when one plows and breaks up the soil,
turning up rocks,
so our#141:7 DSS reads my; some LXX mss, Syr read their bones have been scattered
at the mouth of Sheol.#Ps 53:5; 88:3-5
8But my eyes look to you, Lord, my Lord.
I seek refuge in you; do not let me die.#141:8 Or not pour out my life#Ps 7:1; 57:1; 144:2
9Protect me from the trap they have set for me,
and from the snares of evildoers.#Ps 38:12; 140:5
10Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
while I pass by safely.#Ps 7:15; 35:8; 57:6