[A Davidic psalm.] LORD, I call on You; hurry to [help] me. Listen to my voice when I call on You.
May my prayer be set before You as incense, the raising of my hands as the evening offering.
LORD, set up a guard for my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips.
Do not let my heart turn to any evil thing or wickedly perform reckless acts with men who commit sin. Do not let me feast on their delicacies.
Let the righteous one strike me-- it is [an act of] faithful love; let him rebuke me-- it is oil for my head; let me not refuse it. Even now my prayer is against the evil acts of the wicked.
When their rulers will be thrown off the sides of a cliff, the people will listen to my words, for they are pleasing.
As when one plows and breaks up the soil, [turning up rocks], so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of Sheol.
But my eyes [look] to You, Lord God. I seek refuge in You; do not let me die.
Protect me from the trap they have set for me, and from the snares of evildoers.
Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass [safely] by.