1 O LORD, come quickly; hear me pray
with lifted hands at close of day.
May all my evening prayers arise
like incense from the sacrifice.
2 Guard lips and heart, without, within,
so that I do not relish sin.
LORD, let my footsteps never stray
where evildoers point the way.
3 O righteous LORD, your chastisement,
through friend or foe, in love is sent.
Though grievous, it will profit me;
a healing ointment it will be.
4 When evil deeds disrupt my days,
my prayers condemn those evil ways.
The wicked heed my words too late,
when they are faced with death's dark gate.
5 Keep me from traps that sinners set;
may they be caught in their own net.
Though I am burdened and distressed,
I look, O LORD, to you for rest.