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

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

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.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

As incense - Incense was offered every morning and evening before the Lord, on the golden altar, before the veil of the sanctuary. Exodus 29:39, and Numbers 28:4.

As the evening sacrifice - This was a burnt-offering, accompanied with flour and salt. But it does not appear that David refers to any sacrifice, for he uses not זבח zebach, which is almost universally used for a slaughtered animal; but מנחה minchah, which is generally taken for a gratitude-offering or unbloody sacrifice. The literal translation of the passage is, "Let my prayer be established for incense before thy faces; and the lifting up of my hands for the evening oblation." The psalmist appears to have been at this time at a distance from the sanctuary, and therefore could not perform the Divine worship in the way prescribed by the law. What could he do? Why, as he could not worship according to the letter of the law, he will worship God according to the spirit; then prayer is accepted in the place of incense; and the lifting up of his hands, in gratitude and self-dedication to God, is accepted in the place of the evening minchah or oblation. Who can deplore the necessity that obliged the psalmist to worship God in this way?

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

set forth. Heb. directed

Psalm 5:3 My voice shall you hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer to you, and will look up.

as incense

Exodus 30:7-9,34-38 And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresses the lamps, he shall burn incense on 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...

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...

Numbers 16:35,46-48 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense...

Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles...

Luke 1:9,10 According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord...

Revelation 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps...

Revelation 8:3,4 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given to him much incense...

the lifting

Psalm 28:2 Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry to you, when I lift up my hands toward your holy oracle.

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

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

1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

the evening

Exodus 29:39,42 The one lamb you shall offer in the morning; and the other lamb you shall 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...

Ezra 9:4 Then were assembled to me every one that trembled at the words of the God of Israel...

Daniel 9:21 Yes, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly...

Acts 3:1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.

Library
The Incense of Prayer
'Let my prayer be set forth before Thee as incense, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.'--PSALM cxli. 2. The place which this psalm occupies in the Psalter, very near its end, makes it probable that it is considerably later in date than the prior portions of the collection. But the Psalmist, who here penetrates to the inmost meaning of the symbolic sacrificial worship of the Old Testament, was not helped to his clear-sightedness by his date, but by his devotion. For throughout
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

For Acceptance in Prayer, and Daily Guidance. --Ps. cxli.
For Acceptance in Prayer, and daily Guidance.--Ps. cxli. Lord, let my prayer like incense rise, And when I lift my hands to Thee, As on the evening sacrifice Look down from heaven well-pleased on me. Set Thou a watch to keep my tongue, Let not my heart to sin incline; Save me from men who practise wrong, Let me not share their mirth and wine. But let the righteous, when I stray, Smite me in love,--his strokes are kind; His mild reproofs, like oil, allay The wounds they make, and heal the mind.
James Montgomery—Sacred Poems and Hymns

The Daily Walk with Others (I. ).
When the watcher in the dark Turns his lenses to the skies, Suddenly the starry spark Grows a world upon his eyes: Be my life a lens, that I So my Lord may magnify We come from the secrecies of the young Clergyman's life, from his walk alone with God in prayer and over His Word, to the subject of his common daily intercourse. Let us think together of some of the duties, opportunities, risks, and safeguards of the ordinary day's experience. A WALK WITH GOD ALL DAY. A word presents itself to be
Handley C. G. Moule—To My Younger Brethren

An Analysis of Augustin's Writings against the Donatists.
The object of this chapter is to present a rudimentary outline and summary of all that Augustin penned or spoke against those traditional North African Christians whom he was pleased to regard as schismatics. It will be arranged, so far as may be, in chronological order, following the dates suggested by the Benedictine edition. The necessary brevity precludes anything but a very meagre treatment of so considerable a theme. The writer takes no responsibility for the ecclesiological tenets of the
St. Augustine—writings in connection with the donatist controversy.

Cross References
Luke 1:10
And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.

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

Revelation 5:8
And when he had taken it, 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 God's people.

Revelation 8:3
Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God's people, on the golden altar in front of the throne.

Revelation 8:4
The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God's people, went up before God from the angel's hand.

Exodus 29:39
Offer one in the morning and the other at twilight.

Exodus 29:41
Sacrifice the other lamb at twilight with the same grain offering and its drink offering as in the morning--a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the LORD.

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