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141 Quick, Lord, answer me—for I have prayed. Listen when I cry to you for help! Regard my prayer as my evening sacrifice and as incense wafting up to you.

Help me, Lord, to keep my mouth shut and my lips sealed. Take away my lust for evil things; don’t let me want to be with sinners, doing what they do, sharing their delicacies. Let the godly smite me! It will be a kindness! If they reprove me, it is medicine! Don’t let me refuse it. But I am in constant prayer against the wicked and their deeds. 6-7 When their leaders are condemned, and their bones are strewn across the ground,[a] then these men will finally listen to me and know that I am trying to help them.

I look to you for help, O Lord God. You are my refuge. Don’t let them slay me. Keep me out of their traps. 10 Let them fall into their own snares, while I escape.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 141:6 When their leaders are condemned and their bones are strewn across the ground, literally, “As when one plows and cleaves the earth, our bones are scattered at the mouth of Sheol.”

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