Prayer for God’s Help in Maintaining Integrity
A psalm of David.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
1I call on you, O Yahweh; hasten to me.
Listen to my voice when I call to you.
2Let my prayer be set before you as incense,
the lifting up of my palms as the evening offering.
3Set a guard, O Yahweh, over my mouth;
keep watch over the door of my lips.
4Do not incline my heart to any evil thing,
to practice wicked deeds
with men who do iniquity;
and do not let me eat of their delicacies.
5Let a righteous one strike me in kindness,
and let him chasten me.
It is oil for my head;#Or “It is choice oil” let not my head refuse.
For still my prayer is against their evil deeds.
6When their judges are thrown down the sides of a cliff,#Or “are dropped into the hands of the Rock,” that is, Yahweh. The interpretation of vv. 6–7 is uncertain.
then they will understand that my words were pleasant.
7As when one plows and breaks up the earth,
so our bones are scattered at the mouth of Sheol.
8But#Or “Because” my eyes are toward you, O Yahweh, my Lord;
I have taken refuge in you. Do not lay bare my soul.#Or “Do not raze my life”
9Protect me from the grasp#Literally “hand” of the trap they have laid for me,
and from the snares of evildoers.
10Let the wicked fall into their#Hebrew “his” nets,
while I escape altogether.
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