141 A psalm of David.
O Lord, I cry out to you. Come quickly to me!
Pay attention to me when I cry out to you!
2 May you accept my prayer like incense,
my uplifted hands like the evening offering! 1
3 O Lord, place a guard on my mouth!
Protect the opening 2 of my lips! 3
4 Do not let me have evil desires, 4
or participate in sinful activities
with men who behave wickedly. 5
I will not eat their delicacies. 6
5 May the godly strike me in love and correct me!
May my head not refuse 7 choice oil! 8
Indeed, my prayer is a witness against their evil deeds. 9
6 They will be thrown down the side of a cliff by their judges. 10
They 11 will listen to my words, for they are pleasant.
7 As when one plows and breaks up the soil, 12
so our bones are scattered at the mouth of Sheol.
8 Surely I am looking to you, 13 O sovereign Lord.
In you I take shelter.
Do not expose me to danger! 14
9 Protect me from the snare they have laid for me,
and the traps the evildoers have set. 15
10 Let the wicked fall 16 into their 17 own nets,
while I escape. 18
142 A well-written song 1 by David, when he was in the cave; 2 a prayer.
To the Lord I cry out; 3
to the Lord I plead for mercy. 4
2 I pour out my lament before him;
I tell him about 5 my troubles.
3 Even when my strength leaves me, 6
you watch my footsteps. 7
In the path where I walk
they have hidden a trap for me.
4 Look to the right and see!
No one cares about me. 8
I have nowhere to run; 9
no one is concerned about my life. 10
5 I cry out to you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my shelter,
my security 11 in the land of the living.”
6 Listen to my cry for help,
for I am in serious trouble! 12
Rescue me from those who chase me,
for they are stronger than I am.
7 Free me 13 from prison,
that I may give thanks to your name.
Because of me the godly will assemble, 14
for you will vindicate me. 15
143 A psalm of David.
O Lord, hear my prayer!
Pay attention to my plea for help!
Because of your faithfulness and justice, answer me!
2 Do not sit in judgment on 1 your servant,
for no one alive is innocent before you. 2
3 Certainly 3 my enemies 4 chase me.
They smash me into the ground. 5
They force me to live 6 in dark regions, 7
like those who have been dead for ages.
4 My strength leaves me; 8
I am absolutely shocked. 9
5 I recall the old days; 10
I meditate on all you have done;
I reflect on your accomplishments. 11
6 I spread my hands out to you in prayer; 12
my soul thirsts for you in a parched 13 land. 14
7 Answer me quickly, Lord!
My strength is fading. 15
Do not reject me, 16
or I will join 17 those descending into the grave. 18
8 May I hear about your loyal love in the morning, 19
for I trust in you.
Show me the way I should go, 20
because I long for you. 21
9 Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord!
I run to you for protection. 22
10 Teach me to do what pleases you, 23
for you are my God.
May your kind presence 24
lead me 25 into a level land. 26
11 O Lord, for the sake of your reputation, 27 revive me! 28
Because of your justice, rescue me from trouble! 29
12 As a demonstration of your loyal love, 30 destroy my enemies!
Annihilate 31 all who threaten my life, 32
for I am your servant.