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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book V
An Evening Prayer for Sanctification and Protection
A Psalm of David.
[1]  JEHOVAH, I have called upon thee; make haste unto me:
Give ear unto my voice, when I call unto thee.
[2]  Let my prayer be set forth as incense before thee;
The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. 1
[3]  Set a watch, O Jehovah, before my mouth;
Keep the door of my lips.
[4]  Incline not my heart to any evil thing,
To practise deeds of wickedness
With men that work iniquity:
And let me not eat of their dainties.
[5]  Let the righteous smite me, it shall be a kindness;
And let him reprove me, it shall be as oil upon the head;
Let not my head refuse it:
For even 2 in their wickedness 3 shall my prayer continue.
[6]  Their judges are thrown down by the sides of the rock;
And they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.
[7]  As when one ploweth and cleaveth the earth,
Our bones are scattered at the mouth of Sheol.
[8]  For mine eyes are unto thee, O Jehovah the Lord:
In thee do I take refuge; leave 4 not my soul destitute.
[9]  Keep me from the snare which they have laid for me,
And from the gins of the workers of iniquity.
[10]  Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
Whilst that I withal escape. 5
Note 1. Or, oblation. [back]
Note 2. Or, still is my prayer against their wickedness. [back]
Note 3. Or, calamities. [back]
Note 4. Or, pour thou not out my life. [back]
Note 5. Heb. pass over. [back]


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