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Psalms 141

A psalm of David.

1 O Lord, I call to you; come quickly to me.
     Hear my voice when I call to you.
2 May my prayer be set before you like incense;
     may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
3 Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord;
     keep watch over the door of my lips.
4 Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil,
     to take part in wicked deeds
with men who are evildoers;
     let me not eat of their delicacies.
5 Let a righteous man(1) strike me--it is a kindness;
     let him rebuke me--it is oil on my head.
     My head will not refuse it.
Yet my prayer is ever against the deeds of evildoers;
6 their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs,
     and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.
7 [They will say,] "As one plows and breaks up the earth,
     so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave.(2)"
8 But my eyes are fixed on you, O Sovereign Lord;
     in you I take refuge--do not give me over to death.
9 Keep me from the snares they have laid for me,
     from the traps set by evildoers.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.

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