141 Lord, I ·call [pray] to you. Come quickly to me. ·Listen to me [L Give ear to my voice] when I ·call [pray] to you. 2 Let my prayer be like incense placed before you [Ex. 30:7–8; Rev. 5:8], and ·my praise [L the lifting of my hands] like the evening sacrifice.
3 Lord, ·help me control my tongue [L set a guard on my mouth]; ·help me be careful about what I say [L keep watch on the door of my mouth; Prov. 13:3; 21:23; James 3:1–12]. 4 ·Take away my desire to do evil [L Don’t incline my heart to an evil matter] or to join others in doing wrong. Don’t let me eat tasty food with those who do evil.
5 If a ·good [righteous] person ·punished [L hit] me, that would be ·kind [an act of loyalty]. If he corrected me, that would be like perfumed oil on my head. ·I [L My head] shouldn’t refuse it. But I pray against those who do evil. 6 Let their ·leaders [judges] be thrown down the cliffs. Then people will ·know that I have spoken correctly [L listen to my words for they are pleasant]: 7 “·The ground [or The rock; L Like it] is plowed and broken up. In the same way, our bones have been scattered at the ·grave [L mouth of Sheol; C the grave or the underworld].”
8 God, ·I look to you for help [L my eyes are to you]. I ·trust [find refuge] in you, Lord. Don’t let ·me die [L my life pour out]. 9 ·Protect [Guard; Keep] me from the traps they set for me and from the net that evil people have spread. 10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, but let me pass by safely.
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