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Psalm 141:2-4 New English Translation (NET Bible)

May you accept my prayer like incense,
my uplifted hands like the evening offering.[a]
O Lord, place a guard on my mouth.
Protect the opening[b] of my lips.[c]
Do not let me have evil desires,[d]
or participate in sinful activities
with men who behave wickedly.[e]
I will not eat their delicacies.[f]


  1. Psalm 141:2 tn Heb “may my prayer be established [like] incense before you, the uplifting of my hands [like] an evening offering.”
  2. Psalm 141:3 tn Heb “door.” The Hebrew word occurs only here in the OT.
  3. Psalm 141:3 sn My mouth…my lips. The psalmist asks God to protect him from speaking inappropriately or sinfully.
  4. Psalm 141:4 tn Heb “do not turn my heart toward an evil thing.”
  5. Psalm 141:4 tn Heb “to act sinfully in practices in wickedness with men, doers of evil.”
  6. Psalm 141:4 sn Their delicacies. This probably refers to the enjoyment that a sinful lifestyle appears to offer.
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