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Psalm 141–142

Psalm 141

A psalm of David.

I call to you, Lord, come quicklyt to me;

hear meu when I call to you.

May my prayer be set before you like incense;v

may the lifting up of my handsw be like the evening sacrifice.x

Set a guard over my mouth,y Lord;

keep watch over the door of my lips.z

Do not let my hearta be drawn to what is evil

so that I take part in wicked deedsb

along with those who are evildoers;

do not let me eat their delicacies.c

Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness;

let him rebuke med—that is oil on my head.e

My head will not refuse it,

for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.

Their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs,f

and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.

They will say, “As one plowsg and breaks up the earth,h

so our bones have been scattered at the mouthi of the grave.”

But my eyes are fixedj on you, Sovereign Lord;

in you I take refugek—do not give me over to death.

Keep me safel from the traps set by evildoers,m

from the snaresn they have laid for me.

10 Let the wicked fallo into their own nets,

while I pass by in safety.p

Psalm 142a

A maskilb of David. When he was in the cave.q A prayer.

I cry aloudr to the Lord;

I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.s

I pour out before him my complaint;t

before him I tell my trouble.u

When my spirit grows faintv within me,

it is you who watch over my way.

In the path where I walk

people have hidden a snare for me.

Look and see, there is no one at my right hand;

no one is concerned for me.

I have no refuge;w

no one caresx for my life.

I cry to you, Lord;

I say, “You are my refuge,y

my portionz in the land of the living.”a

Listen to my cry,b

for I am in desperate need;c

rescue med from those who pursue me,

for they are too stronge for me.

Set me free from my prison,f

that I may praise your name.g

Then the righteous will gather about me

because of your goodness to me.h

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