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Bible Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalms 141

Introduction

1David prays that his suit may be acceptable;
3his conscience sincere;
7and his life free from snares.

Verse 1

LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.
A. M. 2946. B.C. 1058. make haste
40:13; 69:17,18; 70:5; 71:12; 143:7; Job 7:21
Reciprocal: Psalm 38:22 - Make; Psalm 64:1 - Hear; Psalm 88:2 - General; Psalm 142:1 - with my voice; Malachi 3:3 - an; Luke 18:39 - but

Verse 2

Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Let my prayer
David, who was now driven from Judea, and far from the sanctuary, here prays that the devotion of his heart, and the elevation of his hands, might be accepted; that the one might ascend to heaven fragrant and well pleasing as the cloud of incense, and the other, in conjunction with it, be prevalent as the minchah, or evening oblation.
Proverbs 15:8
set forth
Heb. directed.
5:3
as incense
Exodus 30:7-9,34-38; Leviticus 10:1,2; 16:11-13; Numbers 16:35,46-48; Malachi 1:11; Luke 1:9,10; Revelation 5:8; 8:3,4
the lifting
28:2; 63:4; 134:2; 1 Timothy 2:8
the evening
Exodus 29:39,42; 1 Kings 18:36; Ezra 9:4; Daniel 9:21; Acts 3:1
Reciprocal: Exodus 29:41 - offer; Exodus 35:15 - the incense; Exodus 37:29 - incense; Leviticus 2:16 - General; Numbers 28:4 - and the other; 1 Kings 8:28 - Yet have thou; 1 Kings 8:59 - nigh; 2 Chronicles 6:12 - spread forth; Ezra 9:5 - spread; Nehemiah 8:6 - with lifting; Psalm 88:2 - General; Isaiah 43:26 - Put; Lamentations 2:19 - lift up; Lamentations 3:41 - with; Malachi 3:3 - an; Acts 10:4 - thy; 1 Peter 2:5 - spiritual

Verse 3

Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
Set a watch
17:3-5; 39:1; 71:8; Micah 7:5; James 1:26; 3:2
Reciprocal: Psalm 106:33 - he spake; Psalm 119:29 - Remove

Verse 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.
Incline not
119:36; Deuteronomy 2:30; 29:4; 1 Kings 8:58; 22:22; Isaiah 63:17; Matthew 6:13; James 1:13
to practise
1 Corinthians 15:33; 2 Corinthians 6:17; Revelation 18:4
and let me
Numbers 25:2; Proverbs 23:1-3,6-8; Daniel 1:5-8; Acts 10:13,14; 1 Corinthians 10:27,28,31
Reciprocal: Genesis 27:14 - mother; 1 Kings 13:9 - Eat no bread; Psalm 84:10 - to dwell; Psalm 119:29 - Remove; Psalm 119:112 - inclined; Proverbs 2:12 - deliver; Proverbs 23:3 - General; Daniel 1:8 - defile; Philippians 2:13 - to will

Verse 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.
the righteous
1 Samuel 25:31-34; 2 Samuel 12:7-13; 2 Chronicles 16:7-10; 25:16; Proverbs 6:23; 9:8,9; Proverbs 15:5,22; 19:25; 25:12; 27:5,6; Galatians 2:11-14; 6:1; Revelation 3:19
smite, etc
or, smite me kindly and reprove me; let not their precious oil break my head, etc. for yet my.
51:18; 125:4; Matthew 5:44; 2 Timothy 1:16-18; James 5:14-16
Reciprocal: Leviticus 19:17 - rebuke; 1 Samuel 3:17 - I pray thee; 1 Samuel 25:33 - blessed; 2 Kings 20:14 - What said; 2 Chronicles 16:10 - wroth; Psalm 84:10 - to dwell; Psalm 133:2 - It is like; Proverbs 13:18 - he; Proverbs 17:10 - General; Proverbs 28:23 - General; Ecclesiastes 7:5 - better; Song of Solomon 5:7 - they smote; Matthew 18:15 - go; Mark 8:33 - he rebuked; Luke 17:3 - rebuke; 2 Corinthians 7:7 - when; Galatians 2:14 - I said; Galatians 4:16 - become; Ephesians 5:11 - but; 2 Thessalonians 3:15 - admonish; Titus 1:13 - that

Verse 6

When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.
When their judges
1 Samuel 31:1-8; 2 Samuel 1:17-27; 1 Chronicles 10:1-7
they shall hear
2 Samuel 2:4; 5:1-3; 1 Chronicles 11:1-3; 12:38
for they
45:2; 2 Samuel 2:5,6; 23:1; 1 Chronicles 13:2; Luke 4:22
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 24:2 - the rocks; 1 Samuel 24:3 - and Saul; 1 Samuel 24:9 - General

Verse 7

Our bones are scattered at the grave's mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth.
bones
44:22; 1 Samuel 22:18,19; Romans 8:36; 2 Corinthians 1:9; Hebrews 11:37; Revelation 11:8,9
Reciprocal: Psalm 53:5 - scattered; Psalm 79:3 - and there; Psalm 129:3 - The plowers; Ezekiel 37:2 - they were; Ezekiel 37:11 - Our bones; 2 Corinthians 4:11 - are alway

Verse 8

But mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.
mine eyes
25:15; 123:1,2; 2 Chronicles 20:12
leave not my soul destitute
Heb. make not my soul bare.
25:16,17; 102:17; 143:3,4; Isaiah 41:17; John 14:18

Verse 9

Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity.
from the snares
119:110; 140:5; 142:3; Proverbs 13:14; Jeremiah 18:22; Luke 20:20
Reciprocal: Psalm 35:8 - net; Psalm 38:12 - lay snares; Psalm 91:3 - snare

Verse 10

Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I withal escape.
the wicked
7:15,16; 35:8; 37:14,15; 64:7,8; 140:9; Esther 7:10; Proverbs 11:8
escape
Heb. pass over. Reciprocal: Esther 7:9 - Behold; Esther 9:25 - return; Psalm 140:5 - The proud; 1 Corinthians 3:19 - He

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 141". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-141.html.