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Psalm 141 English Standard Version (ESV)

Give Ear to My Voice

A Psalm of David.

141 O Lord, I call upon you; hasten to me!
  Give ear to my voice when I call to you!
2 Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
  and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!

3 Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
  keep watch over the door of my lips!
4 Do not let my heart incline to any evil,
  to busy myself with wicked deeds
in company with men who work iniquity,
  and let me not eat of their delicacies!

5 Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness;
  let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head;
  let my head not refuse it.
Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.
6 When their judges are thrown over the cliff,
  then they shall hear my words, for they are pleasant.
7 As when one plows and breaks up the earth,
  so shall our bones be scattered at the mouth of Sheol.

8 But my eyes are toward you, O God, my Lord;
  in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!
9 Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me
  and from the snares of evildoers!
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
  while I pass by safely.


  • David sought help from God, first to live a righteous life, and then to be delivered from evil-doers he expected God to judge.
  • Life is built on character and character is built on decisions. This psalm reveals David making a number of wise decisions as he faced the attacks of the enemy.
  • We who are God’s people should pray regularly for our own sanctification, and for protection from the evil individuals who oppose us, as we seek to walk with God.
  • Is there any person who is making your life difficult right now? Pray for God’s help and deliverance.