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Psalms 141:5


May the godly strike me in love and correct me! May my head not refuse 1  choice oil! 2  Indeed, my prayer is a witness against their evil deeds. 3 


1Sa 25:31-34; 2Sa 12:7-13; 2Ch 16:7-10; 2Ch 25:16; Ps 51:18; Ps 125:4; Pr 6:23; Pr 9:8,9; Pr 15:5,22; Pr 19:25; Pr 25:12; Pr 27:5,6; Mt 5:44; Ga 2:11-14; Ga 6:1; 2Ti 1:16-18; Jas 5:14-16; Re 3:19

NET © Notes

tn The form יָנִי (yaniy) appears to be derived from the verbal root נוּא (nu’). Another option is to emend the form to יְנָא (yÿna’), a Piel from נָאָה (naah), and translate “may choice oil not adorn my head” (see L. C. Allen, Psalms 101-150 [WBC], 271). In this case, choice oil, like delicacies in v. 4, symbolize the pleasures of sin.

sn May my head not refuse choice oil. The psalmist compares the constructive criticism of the godly (see the previous line) to having refreshing olive oil poured over one’s head.

tc Heb “for still, and my prayer [is] against their evil deeds.” The syntax of the Hebrew text is difficult; the sequence -כִּי־עוֹד וּ (kiy-od u-, “for still and”) occurs only here. The translation assumes an emendation to כִּי עֵד תְפלָּתִי (“indeed a witness [is] my prayer”). The psalmist’s lament about the evil actions of sinful men (see v. 4) testifies against the wicked in the divine court.

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