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An Evening Prayer for Sanctification and Protection.

A Psalm of David.

  1 O LORD, I call upon You; ahasten to me!
  bGive ear to my voice when I call to You!
  2 May my prayer be Icounted as aincense before You;
  The blifting up of my hands as the cevening offering.
  3 Set a aguard, O LORD, Iover my mouth;
  Keep watch over the bdoor of my lips.
  4 aDo not incline my heart to any evil thing,
  To practice deeds Iof wickedness
  With men who bdo iniquity;
  And cdo not let me eat of their delicacies.

[1] aPs 22:19; 38:22; 70:5 bPs 5:1; 143:1
[2] ILit fixed aEx 30:8; Lk 1:10; Rv 5:8; 8:3, 4 b1Ti 2:8 cEx 29:39, 41; 1K 18:29, 36; Dn 9:21
[3] ILit to aPs 34:13; 39:1; Pv 13:3; 21:23 bMi 7:5
[4] ILit in aPs 119:36 bIs 32:6; Ho 6:8; Mal 3:15 cPv 23:6

  5 ¶ Let the arighteous smite me Iin kindness and reprove me;
  It is boil upon the head;
  Do not let my head refuse it,
  IIFor still my prayer cis IIIagainst their wicked deeds.
  6 Their judges are athrown down by the sides of the rock,
  And they hear my words, for they are pleasant.
  7 As when one aplows and breaks open the earth,
  Our bbones have been scattered at the cmouth of ISheol.

[5] IOr lovingly IILit And my prayer IIIOr in spite of their calamities aPv 9:8; 19:25; 25:12; 27:6; Ec 7:5; Ga 6:1 bPs 23:5; 133:2 cPs 35:14
[6] a2Ch 25:12
[7] II.e. the nether world aPs 129:3 bPs 53:5 cNu 16:32, 33; Ps 88:3-5

  8 ¶ For my aeyes are toward You, O IGOD, the Lord;
  In You I btake refuge; cdo not IIleave me defenseless.
  9 Keep me from the Iajaws of the trap which they have set for me,
  And from the bsnares of those who do iniquity.
  10 Let the wicked afall into their own nets,
  While I pass by Ibsafely.

[8] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD IILit pour out my soul aPs 25:15; 123:2 bPs 2:12; 11:1 cPs 27:9
[9] ILit hands of the trap aPs 38:12; 64:5; 91:3; 119:110 bPs 140:5
[10] ILit altogether aPs 7:15; 35:8; 57:6 bPs 124:7


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David prayeth that his suit may be acceptable,

1 ¶ [[A Psalm of David.]] LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee. 2 Let my prayer be set forth before thee [as] incense; [and] the lifting up of my hands [as] the evening sacrifice.

[1] Jb 7:21; Ps 40:13; 69:17; 70:5; 71:12; 143:7.
[2] Ex 29:39, 42; 30:7, 34; Lv 10:1; 16:11; Nu 16:35, 46; 1K 18:36; Ezr 9:4; Ps 5:3; 28:2; 63:4; 134:2; Pv 15:8; Dn 9:21; Mal 1:11; Lk 1:9; Ac 3:1; 1Ti 2:8; Rv 5:8; 8:3.

his conscience sincere,

3 Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. 4 Incline not my heart to [any] evil thing, to practise wicked works 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] an excellent oil, [which] shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also [shall be] in their calamities. 6 When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.

[3] Ps 17:3; 39:1; 71:8; Mi 7:5; Jm 1:26; 3:2.
[4] Nu 25:2; Dt 2:30; 29:4; 1K 8:58; 22:22; Ps 119:36; Pv 23:1, 6; Is 63:17; Dn 1:5; Mt 6:13; Ac 10:13; 1Co 10:27, 31; 15:33; 2Co 6:17; Jm 1:13; Rv 18:4.
[5] 1S 25:31; 2S 12:7; 2Ch 16:7; 25:16; Ps 51:18; 125:4; Pv 6:23; 9:8; 15:5, 22; 19:25; 25:12; 27:5; Mt 5:44; Ga 2:11; 6:1; 2Ti 1:16; Jm 5:14; Rv 3:19.
[6] 1S 31:1; 2S 1:17; 2:4, 5; 5:1; 23:1; 1Ch 10:1; 11:1; 12:38; 13:2; Ps 45:2; Lk 4:22.

and his life safe from snares.

7 Our bones are scattered at the grave's mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth [wood] upon the earth. 8 But mine eyes [are] unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute. 9 Keep me from the snares [which] they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity. 10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I withal escape.

[7] 1S 22:18; Ps 44:22; Ro 8:36; 2Co 1:9; He 11:37; Rv 11:8.
[8] 2Ch 20:12; Ps 25:15, 16; 102:17; 123:1; 143:3; Is 41:17; Jn 14:18.
[9] Ps 119:110; 140:5; 142:3; Pv 13:14; Jr 18:22; Lk 20:20.
[10] Es 7:10; Ps 7:15; 35:8; 37:14; 64:7; 140:9; Pv 11:8.


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