O LORD, I call to you; come quickly1 to me. Hear my voice2 when I call to you.
May my prayer be set before you like incense;3 may the lifting up of my hands4 be like the evening sacrifice.53
Set a guard over my mouth,6 O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.74
Let not my heart8 be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds9 with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies.105
Let a righteous mana strike me--it is a kindness; let him rebuke me11--it is oil on my head.12 My head will not refuse it. Yet my prayer is ever against the deeds of evildoers;
their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs,13 and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.
[They will say,] "As one plows14 and breaks up the earth,15 so our bones have been scattered at the mouth16 of the grave.b "
But my eyes are fixed17 on you, O Sovereign LORD; in you I take refuge18--do not give me over to death.
Keep me19 from the snares they have laid20 for me, from the traps set21 by evildoers.
Let the wicked fall22 into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.23