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Psalm 141 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Give Ear to My Voice

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 141:1 - A Psalm of David.
O LORD, I call upon you; hasten to me!
Give ear to my voice when I call to you!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 141:2 - Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 141:3 - Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth;
keep watch over the door of my lips!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 141:4 - Do not let my heart incline to any evil,
to busy myself with wicked deeds
in company with men who work iniquity,
and let me not eat of their delicacies!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 141:5 - Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness;
let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head;
let my head not refuse it.
Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 141:6 - When their judges are thrown over the cliff,[fn]
then they shall hear my words, for they are pleasant.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 141:7 - As when one plows and breaks up the earth,
so shall our bones be scattered at the mouth of Sheol.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 141:8 - But my eyes are toward you, O GOD, my Lord;
in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless![fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 141:9 - Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me
and from the snares of evildoers!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 141:10 - Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
while I pass by safely.
ESV Footnotes
Or When their judges fall into the hands of the Rock
The meaning of the Hebrew in verses 6, 7 is uncertain
Hebrew refuge; do not pour out my life!

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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