I call to you, LORD, come quickly1 to me; hear me2 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 LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.74
Do not let my heart8 be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds9 along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat of their delicacies.105
Let a righteous man strike me--that is a kindness; let him rebuke me11--that is oil on my head.12 My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be 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."
But my eyes are fixed17 on you, Sovereign LORD; in you I take refuge18--do not give me over to death.
Keep me safe19 from the traps set by evildoers,20 from the snares21 they have laid for me.
Let the wicked fall22 into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.23