Psalm 141:2
New International Version
May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.

New Living Translation
Accept my prayer as incense offered to you, and my upraised hands as an evening offering.

English Standard Version
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!

Berean Study Bible
May my prayer be set before You like incense, my uplifted hands like the evening offering.

New American Standard Bible
May my prayer be counted as incense before You; The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering.

King James Bible
Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

Christian Standard Bible
May my prayer be set before you as incense, the raising of my hands as the evening offering.

Contemporary English Version
Think of my prayer as sweet-smelling incense, and think of my lifted hands as an evening sacrifice.

Good News Translation
Receive my prayer as incense, my uplifted hands as an evening sacrifice.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
May my prayer be set before You as incense, the raising of my hands as the evening offering.

International Standard Version
Let my prayer be like incense offered before you, and my uplifted hands like the evening sacrifice.

NET Bible
May you accept my prayer like incense, my uplifted hands like the evening offering!

New Heart English Bible
Let my prayer be set before you like incense; the lifting up of my hands like the evening sacrifice.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My prayer came before you like incense, and an offering of my hands like the evening offering.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let my prayer be accepted as sweet-smelling incense in your presence. Let the lifting up of my hands in prayer be accepted as an evening sacrifice.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let my prayer be set forth as incense before Thee, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

New American Standard 1977
May my prayer be counted as incense before Thee; The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense, the gift of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

King James 2000 Bible
Let my prayer be set forth before you as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

American King James Version
Let my prayer be set forth before you as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

American Standard Version
Let my prayer be set forth as incense before thee; The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let my prayer be directed as incense in thy sight; the lifting up of my hands, as evening sacrifice.

Darby Bible Translation
Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening oblation.

English Revised Version
Let my prayer be set forth as incense before thee; the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

World English Bible
Let my prayer be set before you like incense; the lifting up of my hands like the evening sacrifice.

Young's Literal Translation
My prayer is prepared -- incense before Thee, The lifting up of my hands -- the evening present.
Study Bible
Come Quickly to Me
1A Psalm of David. I call upon You, O LORD; come quickly to me. Hear my voice when I call to You. 2May my prayer be set before You like incense, my uplifted hands like the evening offering. 3Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips.…
Cross References
Luke 1:10
And at the hour of the incense offering, the entire congregation was praying outside.

1 Timothy 2:8
Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger or dissension.

Revelation 5:8
When He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

Revelation 8:3
Then another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, along with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne.

Revelation 8:4
And the smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, rose up before God from the hand of the angel.

Exodus 29:39
In the morning offer one lamb, and at twilight offer the other.

Exodus 29:41
And you shall offer the second lamb at twilight with the same grain offering and drink offering as in the morning, as a pleasing aroma, an offering made by fire to the LORD.

Exodus 30:8
When Aaron sets up the lamps at twilight, he must burn the incense perpetually before the LORD for the generations to come.

Numbers 7:68
one gold dish weighing ten shekels, filled with incense;

1 Kings 18:29
Midday passed, and they kept on raving until the time of the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.

1 Kings 18:36
At the time of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet approached the altar and said, "O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and have done all these things at Your command.

Psalm 28:2
Hear my cry for mercy when I call to You for help, when I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.

Psalm 55:17
Morning, noon, and night, I cry out in distress, and He will hear my voice.

Lamentations 3:41
Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven:

Daniel 9:21
while I was still praying, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice.

Treasury of Scripture

Let my prayer be set forth before you as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

let my prayer.

Proverbs 15:8
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

set forth.

Psalm 5:3
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

as incense

Exodus 30:7-9,34-38
And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it…

Leviticus 10:1,2
And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not…

Leviticus 16:11-13
And Aaron shall bring the bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and shall make an atonement for himself, and for his house, and shall kill the bullock of the sin offering which is for himself: …

the lifting

Psalm 28:2
Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.

Psalm 63:4
Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

Psalm 134:2
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

the evening

Exodus 29:39,42
The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning; and the other lamb thou shalt offer at even: …

1 Kings 18:36
And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.

Ezra 9:4
Then were assembled unto me every one that trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the transgression of those that had been carried away; and I sat astonied until the evening sacrifice.







Lexicon
May my prayer
תְּפִלָּתִ֣י (tə·p̄il·lā·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8605: Intercession, supplication, a hymn

be set
תִּכּ֤וֹן (tik·kō·wn)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3559: To be erect

before You
לְפָנֶ֑יךָ (lə·p̄ā·ne·ḵā)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

like incense,
קְטֹ֣רֶת (qə·ṭō·reṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7004: Smoke, odor of (burning) sacrifice, incense

my uplifted
מַֽשְׂאַ֥ת (maś·’aṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4864: A raising, rising, an utterance, a beacon, a present

hands
כַּ֝פַּ֗י (kap·pay)
Noun - fdc | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3709: Hollow or flat of the hand, palm, sole (of the foot), a pan

like the evening
עָֽרֶב׃ (‘ā·reḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6153: Evening

offering.
מִנְחַת־ (min·ḥaṯ-)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4503: A donation, tribute, a sacrificial offering
(2) Set forth . . .--See margin; but more literally, be erected, suggesting the pillar of smoke (comp. Tennyson's "Azure pillars of the hearth") continually rising to heaven. Some think the incense refers to the morning sacrifice, so that the verse will mean, "let my prayer rise regularly as morning and evening sacrifice." But this is hardly necessary.

Sacrifice--i.e., the offering of flour and oil, which followed the burnt offering both at morning and evening (Leviticus 2:1-11; in Authorised Version," meat offering "), and here probably associated specially with evening, because the prayer was uttered at the close of the day. (See Note, Psalm 141:3.)

For the "lifted hands," here, from the parallelism, evidently only a symbol of prayer, and not a term for oblation, see Psalm 28:2, Note.

"For what are men better than sheep or goats,

That nourish a blind life within the Drain,

If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer,

Both for themselves, and those that call them friend."

TENNYSON: Morte d' Arthur,

Verse 2. - Let my prayer be set forth (or, "established") before thee as incense; i.e. with the regularity of the incense, and with its acceptableness. And the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. The hands were "lifted up" in prayer, which was reckoned a serf of sacrifice (Hosea 14:2). 141:1-4 Make haste unto me. Those that know how to value God's gracious presence, will be the more fervent in their prayers. When presented through the sacrifice and intercession of the Saviour, they will be as acceptable to God as the daily sacrifices and burnings of incense were of old. Prayer is a spiritual sacrifice, it is the offering up the soul and its best affections. Good men know the evil of tongue sins. When enemies are provoking, we are in danger of speaking unadvisedly. While we live in an evil world, and have such evil hearts, we have need to pray that we may neither be drawn nor driven to do any thing sinful. Sinners pretend to find dainties in sin; but those that consider how soon sin will turn into bitterness, will dread such dainties, and pray to God to take them out of their sight, and by his grace to turn their hearts against them. Good men pray against the sweets of sin.
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