1 I call to you, Lord; help me now! Listen to me when I call to you.
2 Receive my prayer as incense, 1 my uplifted hands as an evening sacrifice.
3 Lord, place a guard at my mouth, a sentry at the door of my lips.
4 Keep me from wanting to do wrong and from joining evil people in their wickedness. May I never take part in their feasts.
5 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.
6 When their rulers are thrown down from rocky cliffs, the people will admit that my words were true.
7 Like wood that is split and chopped into bits, so their bones are scattered at the edge of the grave.
8 But I keep trusting in you, my Sovereign Lord. I seek your protection; don't let me die!
9 Protect me from the traps they have set for me, from the snares of those evildoers.
10 May the wicked fall into their own traps while I go by unharmed.