A psalm written by David
1 Yahweh, I call out to you;
please help me quickly!
Listen to me when I am calling to you.
2 Accept my prayer as though it were incense being burned as an offering [SIM] to you.
And accept me while I lift up my hands to pray to you
like you accept sacrifices that I offer to you each evening [SIM].
3 Yahweh, do not allow me to say [MTY] things that are wrong;
guard my lips.
4 Prevent me from wanting to do anything that is wrong,
and from joining with wicked men when they want to do evil deeds [DOU].
Do not even allow me to share in eating delightful food with them!
5 It is all right if righteous people strike/hit me or rebuke me
because they are trying to act kindly toward me to teach me to do what is right,
but I do not want wicked people to honor me by anointing my head with olive oil;
I am always praying that you will punish them because of the wicked deeds that they do.
6 When their rulers are thrown down from the top of rocky cliffs,
people will know that what you, Yahweh, said about them is true.
7 Like a log that is split and cut into small pieces [SIM],
their shattered bones will be scattered on the ground near other graves.
8 But Yahweh God, I continue to assk you to help me.
I ask you to protect me;
do not allow me to ◄die/be killed► now!
9 It is as though people have set traps for me;
protect me from falling into those traps,
It is as though they have spread nets to catch me;
keep me from being caught in those nets.
10 I desire that wicked people will fall into the traps they have set to catch me
while I escape from them.