A praise song of David.
1 LORD, I call to you for help.
Listen to me as I pray.
Please hurry and help me!
2 Accept my prayer like a gift of burning incense,
the words I lift up like an evening sacrifice.
3 LORD, help me control what I say.
Don’t let me say anything bad.
4 Take away any desire to do evil.
Keep me from joining the wicked in doing wrong.
Help me stay away from their feasts.
5 If good people correct me,
I will consider it a good thing.
If they criticize me,
I will accept it like a warm welcome.* a warm welcome Or “like oil poured over my head.”
But my prayer will always be against the wicked and the evil they do.
6 Let their judges be put to death.† Let their judges … to death Or “Let their judges be thrown from the cliffs.”
Then everyone will know that I told the truth.
7 Like rocks in a field that a farmer has plowed,
so our bones will be scattered in the grave.
8 My Lord GOD, I look to you for help.
I look to you for protection; don’t let me die.
9 Those evil people are trying to trap me.
Don’t let me fall into their traps.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own traps,
while I walk away unharmed.
*141:5 a warm welcome Or “like oil poured over my head.”
†141:6 Let their judges … to death Or “Let their judges be thrown from the cliffs.”