For the [music] director; with the flutes. A psalm of David.

A Prayer for Guidance and Protection

1 Hear my words, O Yahweh. Give heed to my sighing.
2 Listen to the sound of my pleading, my king and my God, for to you I pray.
3 O Yahweh, in [the] morning you will hear my voice. In [the] morning I will set forth [my case] to you and I will watch.
4 For you [are] not a God [who] desires wickedness. Evil cannot dwell with you.
5 The boastful do not stand before your eyes. You hate all evildoers.
6 You destroy speakers of lies. {A man of bloodshed} and deceit Yahweh abhors.
7 {But as for me}, through the abundance of your steadfast love I will enter your house. I will bow down toward {your holy temple} in awe [of] you.
8 O Yahweh, lead me in your righteousness because of my enemies; make straight before me your way.
9 For there is not [anything] reliable in his mouth; their inner part [is] destruction. Their throat is an open grave; [with] their tongue they speak deceit.
10 Treat them as guilty, O God; let them fall because of their plans. Because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who take shelter in you rejoice. Let them ever sing for joy, {because} you spread protection over them; And let those [who] love your name exult in you.
12 For you bless [the] righteous. O Yahweh, like a shield you surround him [with] good favor.