Psalm 141
Protection from Sin and Sinners
A psalm of David.
1Lord, 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
3Lord, 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