1 A Psalm of David.
O Lord, I have cried to thee; hear me: attend to the voice of my supplication, when I cry to thee. 2 Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice. 3 Set a watch, O Lord, on my mouth, and a * Lit. a door of fortification.strong door about my lips. 4 Incline not my heart to evil things, to † Gr. pretend pretences.employ pretexts ‡ Gr. in.for sins, with men who work iniquity: and § Gr. I will not.let me not unite with their choice ones. 5 The righteous shall chasten me with mercy, and reprove me: but let not the oil of the sinner anoint my head: for yet shall my prayer also be in their ** q. d. lest I be injured by them.pleasures.
6 Their mighty ones have been swallowed up near the rock: they shall hear my words, for they are sweet. 7 As a lump of earth is crushed upon the ground, our bones have been scattered by the mouth of the grave. 8 For mine eyes are to thee, O Lord God: I have hoped in thee; take not away my life. 9 Keep me from the snare which they have set for me, and from the stumbling-blocks of them that work iniquity. 10 Sinners shall fall by their own net: I am alone until I shall escape.
*140:3 Lit. a door of fortification.
†140:4 Gr. pretend pretences.
‡140:4 Gr. in.
§140:4 Gr. I will not.
**140:5 q. d. lest I be injured by them.