Psalm 141 is a heartfelt invocation for God’s guidance and preservation in the face of potential sin and evil influences. The psalmist, seeking to maintain integrity and righteousness, pleads for the Lord to guard his actions and words, preventing any alignment with wicked deeds. He welcomes righteous reproof as an act of kindness, contrasting it with the prosperity of the wicked, which he firmly rejects. The imagery used suggests a sacrificial intensity to his prayer, desiring that his supplications be as incense before God—a symbol of devout sincerity. The psalm concludes with a trust in God to keep him safe, even as he acknowledges the presence of snares laid by those who do evil.

Psalm 141

1  (A Psalm of David.) LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.

2  Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

3  Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

4  Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.

5  Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.

6  When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.

7  Our bones are scattered at the grave's mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth.

8  But mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.

9  Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity.

10  Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I withal escape.

End of Psalms 141

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