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My Prayer as Incense Before You

A Psalm of David.

141 O Yahweh, I call upon You; (A)hasten to me!
(B)Give ear to my voice when I call to You!
May my prayer be established as (C)incense before You;
The (D)lifting up of my hands as the (E)evening offering.
Set a (F)guard, O Yahweh, [a]over my mouth;
Keep watch over the (G)door of my lips.
(H)Do not incline my heart to any evil thing,
To practice deeds in wickedness
With men who are (I)workers of iniquity;
And (J)do not let me eat of their delicacies.

Let the (K)righteous smite me in lovingkindness and reprove me;
It is (L)oil upon the head;
Let not my head refuse it,
[b]For still my prayer (M)is [c]against their evil deeds.
Their judges are (N)thrown down by the sides of the cliff,
And they hear my words, for they are pleasant.
As when one (O)plows and splits open the earth,
Our (P)bones have been scattered at the (Q)mouth of Sheol.

For my (R)eyes are toward You, O Yahweh, O Lord;
In You I (S)take refuge; (T)do not pour out my soul to death.
Keep me from the [d](U)jaws of the trap which they have set for me,
And from the (V)snares of workers of iniquity.
10 Let the wicked (W)fall into their own nets,
As for myself—meanwhile, (X)I am passing by.


  1. Psalm 141:3 Lit to
  2. Psalm 141:5 Lit And my prayer
  3. Psalm 141:5 Or in spite of their calamities
  4. Psalm 141:9 Lit hands