A Comparison of Psalm 141:1-2

Psalm 141:1 GW

O LORD, I cry out to you, “Come quickly.”
Open your ears to me when I cry out to you.
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.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Meaning-for-Meaning (Closest Natural Equivalence)

Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.

Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
King James Version (KJV)
Word-for-Word (Formal Equivalence)



I call to you, LORD, come quickly to me;
hear me when I call to you.
May my prayer be set before you like incense;
may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
New International Version (NIV)
Thought-for-Thought (Functional Equivalence)

Quick, Lord, answer me—for I have prayed. Listen when I cry to you for help! Regard my prayer as my evening sacrifice and as incense wafting up to you.
The Living Bible (TLB)
Paraphrase (Retelling)

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