(A psalm by David.) A Prayer for the LORD's Protection 141 1I pray to you, LORD! Please listen when I pray and hurry to help me. 2 Think of my prayer as sweet-smelling incense, and think of my lifted hands as an evening sacrifice. 3Help me to guard my words whenever I say something. 4Don't let me want to do evil or waste my time doing wrong with wicked people. Don't let me even taste the good things they offer. 5Let your faithful people correct and punish me. My prayers condemn the deeds of those who do wrong, so don't let me be friends with any of them. 6Everyone will admit that I was right when their rulers are thrown down a rocky cliff, 7and their bones lie scattered like crushed rocks on top of a grave.[W] 8You are my LORD and God, and I look to you for safety. Don't let me be harmed. 9Protect me from the traps of those violent people, 10and make them fall into their own traps while you help me escape.
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