1 O Lord, I call to you; come to me quickly; ♦︎
hear my voice when I cry to you.
2 Let my prayer rise before you as incense, ♦︎
the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
3 Set a watch before my mouth, O Lord, ♦︎
and guard the door of my lips;
4 Let not my heart incline to any evil thing; ♦︎
let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers,
nor taste the pleasures of their table.
5 Let the righteous smite me in friendly rebuke;
but let not the oil of the unrighteous anoint my head; ♦︎
for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.
6 Let their rulers be overthrown in stony places; ♦︎
then they may know that my words are sweet.
7 As when a plough turns over the earth in furrows, ♦︎
let their bones be scattered at the mouth of the Pit.
8 But my eyes are turned to you, Lord God; ♦︎
in you I take refuge; do not leave me defenceless.
9 Protect me from the snare which they have laid for me ♦︎
and from the traps of the evildoers.