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Psalm 141 (Today's New International Version)

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A psalm of David."

1 I call to you, LORD, come quickly1 to me; hear me2 when I call to you. 2 May my prayer be set before you like incense;3 may the lifting up of my hands4 be like the evening sacrifice.5 3 Set a guard over my mouth,6 LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.7 4 Do not let my heart8 be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds9 along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat of their delicacies.10 5 Let a righteous man strike me--that is a kindness; let him rebuke me11--that is oil on my head.12 My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers. 6 Their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs,13 and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken. 7 They will say, "As one plows14 and breaks up the earth,15 so our bones have been scattered at the mouth16 of the grave." 8 But my eyes are fixed17 on you, Sovereign LORD; in you I take refuge18--do not give me over to death. 9 Keep me safe19 from the traps set by evildoers,20 from the snares21 they have laid for me. 10 Let the wicked fall22 into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.23
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