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A Prayer Not to Sin

A song of David.

141 Lord, I call to you. Come quickly.
    Listen to me when I call to you.
Let my prayer be like incense placed before you.
    Let my praise be like the evening sacrifice.

Lord, help me control my tongue.
    Help me be careful about what I say.
Don’t let me want to do evil
    or join others in doing wrong.
Don’t let me eat
    with those who do evil.

If a good man punished me, that would be kind.
    If he corrected me,
    that would be like having perfumed oil on my head.
    I shouldn’t refuse it.
But I pray against those who do evil.
    Let their leaders be thrown down the cliffs.
    Then people will know that I have spoken the truth:
“The ground is plowed and broken up.
    In the same way, our bones have been scattered at the grave.”

Lord God, I look to you for help.
    I trust in you. Don’t let me die.
Protect me from the traps they set for me
    and from the net evil people have spread.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own pits.
    And let me pass by safely.

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