Give Ear to My Voice

A Psalm of David.

1 O LORD, I call upon you; 1hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to you!
2 Let 2my prayer be counted as incense before you, and 3the lifting up of my hands as 4the evening sacrifice!
3 5Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; 6keep watch over the door of my lips!
4 7Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who 8work iniquity, and 9let me not eat of their delicacies!
5 10Let a righteous man strike me--it is a kindness; let him rebuke me--it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it. Yet 11my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.
6 When their judges are 12thrown over the cliff,a then they shall hear my words, for they are pleasant.
7 As when one plows and breaks up the earth, so shall our bones 13be scattered at the mouth of Sheol.b
8 But 14my eyes are toward you, O GOD, my Lord; 15in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!c
9 Keep me from 16the trap that they have laid for me and from the snares of evildoers!
10 Let the wicked 17fall into their own nets, while I pass by safely.