PSALM 141 - Swift Angel 22 Mar 2020
Check any impulse to speak evil.
May the upright correct me with a friend's rebuke.
1 [Psalm. Of David]
Yahweh, I am calling, hurry to me,
listen to my voice when I call to you.
2 May my prayer be like incense in your presence,
my uplifted hands like the evening sacrifice.
3 Yahweh, mount a guard over my mouth,
a guard at the door of my lips.
4 Check any impulse to speak evil,
to share the foul deeds of evil-doers.
I shall not sample their delights!
5 May the upright correct me with a friend's rebuke;
but the wicked shall never anoint my head with oil,
for that would make me party to their crimes.
6 They are delivered into the power of the rock,
their judge, those who took pleasure in hearing me say,
7 'Like a shattered millstone on the ground
our bones are scattered at the mouth of Sheol.'
8 To you, Yahweh, I turn my eyes,
in you I take refuge, do not leave me unprotected.
9 Save me from the traps that are set for me,
the snares of evil-doers.
10 Let the wicked fall each into his own net,
while I pass on my way.
Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by
Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division
of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.