Old Testament

Psalm 141
Psalm 141
Guard My Lips and Heart
A psalm by David.
Accept My Prayer
1 Lord, I call to you. Hurry to me.
Turn your ear toward my voice when I call to you.
2May my prayer linger before you like incense,
the lifting up of my hands like an evening offering.
Guard My Heart and Mouth
3Set a guard over my mouth, Lord.
Keep watch over the door of my lips.
4Do not let my heart turn toward anything evil,
to take part in wicked deeds with men who do evil.
Let me not taste their delicacies.
Correct Me
5Let a righteous man strike me—it is mercy.
Let him rebuke me—it is lotion[] on my head.
My head will not refuse it.
Reject the Wicked
But my prayer is still against their evil deeds.
6Their rulers will be thrown down by the sides of the cliff,
and they will hear that my words were pleasant.
7They will say,[] “As one splits and breaks up the earth,
so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave.”
Closing Plea
8But my eyes look to you, Lord God.[]
In you I take refuge. Do not take away my life.
9Keep me from the snares they have set for me,
from the traps of the evildoers.
10Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by safely.


  • 141:5 Literally oil
  • 141:7 The words they will say are added to clarify who is speaking.
  • 141:8 Yahweh Adonai, which the Jews read as if it was God the Lord