A psalm of David.

Prayer for God’s Help in Maintaining Integrity

1 I call on you, O Yahweh; hasten to me. Listen to my voice when I call to you.
2 Let my prayer be set before you [as] incense, the lifting up of my palms [as the] evening offering.
3 Set a guard, O Yahweh, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.
4 Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked deeds with men [who] do iniquity; and do not let me eat of their delicacies.
5 Let a righteous one strike me in kindness, and let him chasten me. [It is] oil for [my] head; let not my head refuse. For still my prayer [is] against their evil deeds.
6 [When] their judges are thrown down [the] sides of a cliff, then they will understand that my words were pleasant.
7 As [when one] plows and breaks up the earth, [so] our bones are scattered at the mouth of Sheol.
8 But my eyes [are] toward you, O Yahweh, my Lord; I have taken refuge in you. Do not lay bare my soul.
9 Protect me from [the] {grasp} of [the] trap they have laid for me, and [from the] snares of evildoers.
10 Let [the] wicked fall into their nets, while I escape altogether.