A Psalm of David.
O Lord, I call upon you; t hasten to me!
Give ear to my voice when I call to you!
Let u my prayer be counted as incense before you,
and v the lifting up of my hands as w the evening sacrifice!
x Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
y keep watch over the door of my lips!
z Do not let my heart incline to any evil,
to busy myself with wicked deeds
in company with men who a work iniquity,
and b let me not eat of their delicacies!
c 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 d my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.
When their judges are e thrown over the cliff,
then they shall hear my words, for they are pleasant.
As when one plows and breaks up the earth,
so shall our bones f be scattered at the mouth of Sheol.
But g my eyes are toward you, O God, my Lord;
h in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!
Keep me from i the trap that they have laid for me
and from the snares of evildoers!
Let the wicked j fall into their own nets,
while I pass by safely.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me! O Lord, make haste to help me!
But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!
And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense.
And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
Revelation 8:3 - 4
And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne.
Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.
The other lamb you shall offer at twilight, and shall offer with it a grain offering and its drink offering, as in the morning, for a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the Lord.
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.
Put no trust in a neighbor; have no confidence in a friend; guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your arms.
Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!
Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me and from the snares of evildoers!
They pour out their arrogant words; all the evildoers boast.
Do not eat the bread of a man who is stingy; do not desire his delicacies.
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will gain knowledge.
Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.
In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer.
2 Chronicles 25:12
The men of Judah captured another 10,000 alive and took them to the top of a rock and threw them down from the top of the rock, and they were all dashed to pieces.
And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff.
There they are, in great terror, where there is no terror! For God scatters the bones of him who encamps against you; you put them to shame, for God has rejected them.
The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones.
My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, "Flee like a bird to your mountain.
The arrogant have hidden a trap for me, and with cords they have spread a net; beside the way they have set snares for me. Selah
He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made.