(141) A Psalm of David.
1 O Lord, I have cried to you; hear me: attend to the voice of my supplication, when I cry to you.
2 Let my prayer be set forth before you as incense; the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.
3 Set a watch, O Lord, on my mouth, and a * Lit. a door of fortification. strong door about by lips.
4 Incline not my heart to evil things, to † Gr. pretend pretences. employ pretexts ‡ Gr. in. for sins, with me who work iniquity: and § Gr. in. I will not. let me not unite with their choice ones.
5 The righteous shall chasten me with mercy, and reprove me: but let not the oil of the sinner anoint my head: for yet shall my prayer also be in their ** q.d. lest I be injured by them. pleasures.
6 Their mighty ones have been swallowed up near the rock: they shall hear my words, for they are sweet.
7 As a lump of earth is crushed upon the ground, our bones have been scattered by the mouth of the grave.
8 For mine eyes are to you, O Lord God: I have hoped in you; take not away my life.
9 Keep me from the snare which they have set for me, and from the stumbling blocks of them that work iniquity.
10 Sinners shall fall by their own net: I am alone until I shall escape.
*140:3 Lit. a door of fortification.
†140:4 Gr. pretend pretences.
‡140:4 Gr. in.
§140:4 Gr. in.
**140:5 q.d. lest I be injured by them.