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. Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice. Set a watch, O Lord, on my mouth, and a * Lit. a door of fortification.strong door about my lips. 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. 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.
Their mighty ones have been swallowed up near the rock: they shall hear my words, for they are sweet. As a lump of earth is crushed upon the ground, our bones have been scattered by the mouth of the grave. For mine eyes are to thee, O Lord God: I have hoped in thee; take not away my life. 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.