A psalm of David.

Prayer for God’s Help in Maintaining Integrity

1 I call on you, O Yahweh; hasten to me. Listen to my voice when I call to you.

References for Psalms 141:1

    • a 141:1 - The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
      2 Let my prayer be set before you [as] incense, the lifting up of my palms [as the] evening offering.
      3 Set a guard, O Yahweh, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.
      4 Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked deeds with men [who] do iniquity; and do not let me eat of their delicacies.
      5 Let a righteous one strike me in kindness, and let him chasten me. [It is] oil for [my] head; let not my head refuse. For still my prayer [is] against their evil deeds.

      References for Psalms 141:5

        • b 141:5 - Or "It is choice oil"
          6 [When] their judges are thrown down [the] sides of a cliff, then they will understand that my words were pleasant.

          References for Psalms 141:6

            • c 141:6 - Or "are dropped into the hands of [the] Rock," that is, Yahweh. The interpretation of vv. 6-7 is uncertain.
              7 As [when one] plows and breaks up the earth, [so] our bones are scattered at the mouth of Sheol.
              8 But my eyes [are] toward you, O Yahweh, my Lord; I have taken refuge in you. Do not lay bare my soul.

              References for Psalms 141:8

                • d 141:8 - Or "Because"
                • e 141:8 - Or "Do not raze my life"
                  9 Protect me from [the] {grasp} of [the] trap they have laid for me, and [from the] snares of evildoers.

                  References for Psalms 141:9

                    • f 141:9 - Literally "hand"
                      10 Let [the] wicked fall into their nets, while I escape altogether.

                      References for Psalms 141:10