Psalm 141:5
New International Version
Let a righteous man strike me--that is a kindness; let him rebuke me--that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.

New Living Translation
Let the godly strike me! It will be a kindness! If they correct me, it is soothing medicine. Don't let me refuse it. But I pray constantly against the wicked and their deeds.

English Standard Version
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 my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.

Berean Study Bible
Let the righteous man strike me; let his rebuke be an act of loving devotion. It is oil for my head; let me not refuse it. For my prayer is ever against the deeds of the wicked.

New American Standard Bible
Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; It is oil upon the head; Do not let my head refuse it, For still my prayer is against their wicked deeds.

King James Bible
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.

Christian Standard Bible
Let the righteous one strike me--it is an act of faithful love; let him rebuke me--it is oil for my head; let me not refuse it. Even now my prayer is against the evil acts of the wicked.

Contemporary English Version
Let your faithful people correct and punish me. My prayers condemn the deeds of those who do wrong, so don't let me be friends with any of them.

Good News Translation
Good people may punish me and rebuke me in kindness, but I will never accept honor from evil people, because I am always praying against their evil deeds.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let the righteous one strike me-- it is an act of faithful love; let him rebuke me-- it is oil for my head; let me not refuse it. Even now my prayer is against the evil acts of the wicked.

International Standard Version
Let one who is righteous strike me; It is an act of gracious love. Let him rebuke me, because it is oil for my head; do not let my head refuse it. My prayers continuously will be against their wicked activities.

NET Bible
May the godly strike me in love and correct me! May my head not refuse choice oil! Indeed, my prayer is a witness against their evil deeds.

New Heart English Bible
Let the righteous strike me, it is kindness; let him reprove me, it is like oil on the head; do not let my head refuse it; Yet my prayer is always against evil deeds.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The Righteous One will teach me and will rebuke me; the oil of the wicked will not anoint my head because my prayer is against their evil companions.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A righteous person may strike me or correct me out of kindness. It is like lotion for my head. My head will not refuse it, because my prayer is directed against evil deeds.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let the righteous smite me in kindness, and correct me; Oil so choice let not my head refuse; For still is my prayer because of their wickedness.

New American Standard 1977
Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; It is oil upon the head; Do not let my head refuse it, For still my prayer is against their wicked deeds.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let the righteous smite me in mercy, and let him reprove me: and let not a flattering evil prince anoint my head, for my prayer shall ever be against his evil.

King James 2000 Bible
Let the righteous strike 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 against their evil.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
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 in their wickedness shall my prayer continue.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The righteous shall chasten me with mercy, and reprove me: but let not the oil of the sinner anoint my head: for yet shall my prayer also be in their pleasures.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The just shall correct me in mercy, and shall reprove me: but let not the oil of the sinner fatten my head. For my prayer also shall still be against the things with which they are well pleased:

Darby Bible Translation
Let the righteous smite me, it is kindness; and let him reprove me, it is an excellent oil which my head shall not refuse: for yet my prayer also is [for them] in their calamities.

English Revised Version
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 in their wickedness shall my prayer continue.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

World English Bible
Let the righteous strike me, it is kindness; let him reprove me, it is like oil on the head; don't let my head refuse it; Yet my prayer is always against evil deeds.

Young's Literal Translation
The righteous doth beat me in kindness. And doth reprove me, Oil of the head my head disalloweth not, For still my prayer is about their vexations.
Study Bible
Come Quickly to Me
4Do not let my heart be drawn to any evil thing or take part in works of wickedness with men who do iniquity; let me not feast on their delicacies. 5Let the righteous man strike me; let his rebuke be an act of loving devotion. It is oil for my head; let me not refuse it. For my prayer is ever against the deeds of the wicked. 6When their rulers are thrown from the cliffs, the people will listen to my words, for they are pleasant.…
Cross References
Galatians 6:1
Brothers, if someone is caught in a trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him with a spirit of gentleness. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.

Psalm 23:5
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Psalm 35:14
I paced about as for my friend or brother; I was bowed down with grief, like one mourning for his mother.

Psalm 104:15
wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil that makes his face to shine and bread that sustains his heart.

Psalm 109:4
In return for my love they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer.

Psalm 133:2
It is like fine oil on the head, running down on the beard, running down Aaron's beard over the collar of his robes.

Proverbs 9:8
Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

Proverbs 19:25
Strike a mocker, and the simple will beware; rebuke the discerning man, and he will gain knowledge.

Proverbs 25:12
Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.

Proverbs 27:6
The wounds of a friend are faithful, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Proverbs 27:9
Oil and incense bring joy to the heart, and the sweetness of a friend is counsel to the soul.

Ecclesiastes 7:5
It is better to heed a wise man's rebuke than to listen to the song of fools.

Treasury of Scripture

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
That this shall be no grief unto thee, nor offence of heart unto my lord, either that thou hast shed blood causeless, or that my lord hath avenged himself: but when the LORD shall have dealt well with my lord, then remember thine handmaid…

2 Samuel 12:7-13
And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; …

2 Chronicles 16:7-10
And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand…

smite, etc.

for yet my

Psalm 51:18
Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

Psalm 125:4
Do good, O LORD, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.

Matthew 5:44
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;







Lexicon
Let the righteous man
צַדִּ֨יק ׀ (ṣad·dîq)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6662: Just, righteous

strike me;
יֶֽהֶלְמֵֽנִי־ (ye·hel·mê·nî-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1986: To strike down, to hammer, stamp, conquer, disband

let his rebuke
וְֽיוֹכִיחֵ֗נִי (wə·yō·w·ḵî·ḥê·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3198: To be right, reciprocal, to argue, to decide, justify, convict

be an act of loving devotion.
חֶ֡סֶד (ḥe·seḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2617: Kindness, piety, reproof, beauty

It is oil
שֶׁ֣מֶן (še·men)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8081: Grease, liquid, richness

for my head;
רֹ֭אשׁ (rōš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7218: The head

let me not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

refuse it.
יָנִ֣י (yā·nî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5106: To refuse, forbid, dissuade, neutralize

For
כִּי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

my prayer is ever against
וּ֝תְפִלָּתִ֗י (ū·ṯə·p̄il·lā·ṯî)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8605: Intercession, supplication, a hymn

the deeds of the wicked.
בְּרָעוֹתֵיהֶֽם׃ (bə·rā·‘ō·w·ṯê·hem)
Preposition-b | Adjective - feminine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil
(5) The difficulties of the psalm thicken here. Render, Let a righteous man smite me, it is a kindness; and let him reprove me, it is oil for the head: my head shall not refuse it though it continue; yet my prayer is against their wickedness.

The word rendered "smite" is that used of Jael's "hammer strokes "(Judges 5:26). (Comp. Isaiah 41:7.) The Hebrew for "reprove" is probably used in a judicial sense, as in Genesis 31:37; Isaiah 2:4; Proverbs 24:25, &c. The greatest obscurity attaches to the word rendered above "refuse," but in the Authorised Version "break," probably because in Psalm 33:10 (" bring to none effect") it is in parallelism with "break." The LXX. and Vulg. take it as meaning "anoint," rendering (from a different text to ours) "let not oil of a wicked man anoint my head." If we might adopt this reading it would remove the difficulty of this part of the verse, and give an excellent parallelism: "A righteous man may smite me in mercy and reprove me, but let not a wicked man's oil anoint my head;" i.e., I would welcome reproof from the righteous, but reject even the festive oil offered by the wicked. For the rendering "wickednesses," instead of "calamities," comp. Job 20:12; Psalm 94:23. For the sense of "although" given to the conjunction, see Exodus 13:17. The suffix "their" refers back, of course, to the ungodly in Psalm 141:4. The "oil for the head" (comp. Psalm 45:7) is a natural emblem of festivity, and the whole sentiment of the passage is tolerably clear. Rather than join in the wicked mirth of a profane banquet, the poet would be the object of continued rebuke and chastisement from one of the godly--his prayer meanwhile still rising for protection against the allurements held out to tempt him. We probably have sketched here the actual condition of many a Levite between the apostate and the loyal part of the nation.

Verse 5. - Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness; rather, let the righteous smite me kindly, as in the margin. And let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head; rather, which my head shall not refuse. The psalmist will prefer the reproof of the righteous to the dainty allurements of the wicked. He will regard their words as an oil of welcome, such as was poured upon the head of favored guests (Luke 7:36), and his head will not refuse it. For yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities; rather, their wickednesses. This healing oil will strengthen him to continue to pray for his enemies, even though they still continue in their "wickednesses." 141:5-10 We should be ready to welcome the rebuke of our heavenly Father, and also the reproof of our brethren. It shall not break my head, if it may but help to break my heart: we must show that we take it kindly. Those who slighted the word of God before, will be glad of it when in affliction, for that opens the ear to instruction. When the world is bitter, the word is sweet. Let us lift our prayer unto God. Let us entreat him to rescue us from the snares of Satan, and of all the workers of iniquity. In language like this psalm, O Lord, would we entreat that our poor prayers should set forth our only hope, our only dependence on thee. Grant us thy grace, that we may be prepared for this employment, being clothed with thy righteousness, and having all the gifts of thy Spirit planted in our hearts.
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