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Psalm 141

A psalm of David.
1 O LORD, I am calling to you. Please hurry!
  Listen when I cry to you for help!
2 Accept my prayer as incense offered to you,
  and my upraised hands as an evening offering.

3 Take control of what I say, O LORD,
  and guard my lips.
4 Don't let me drift toward evil
  or take part in acts of wickedness.
Don't let me share in the delicacies
  of those who do wrong.

5 Let the godly strike me!
  It will be a kindness!
If they correct me, it is soothing medicine.
  Don't let me refuse it.

But I pray constantly
  against the wicked and their deeds.
6 When their leaders are thrown down from a cliff,
  the wicked will listen to my words and find them true.
7 Like rocks brought up by a plow,
  the bones of the wicked will lie scattered without burial.*

8 I look to you for help, O Sovereign LORD.
  You are my refuge; don't let them kill me.
9 Keep me from the traps they have set for me,
  from the snares of those who do wrong.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
  but let me escape.

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Footnotes:

141:7 Hebrew scattered at the mouth of Sheol.
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