Psalm 17
New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition

Psalm 17

Prayer for Deliverance from Persecutors

A Prayer of David.

1Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry;
    give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.
2From you let my vindication come;
    let your eyes see the right.

3If you try my heart, if you visit me by night,
    if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me;
    my mouth does not transgress.
4As for what others do, by the word of your lips
    I have avoided the ways of the violent.
5My steps have held fast to your paths;
    my feet have not slipped.

6I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
    incline your ear to me, hear my words.
7Wondrously show your steadfast love,
    O savior of those who seek refuge
    from their adversaries at your right hand.

8Guard me as the apple of the eye;
    hide me in the shadow of your wings,
9from the wicked who despoil me,
    my deadly enemies who surround me.
10They close their hearts to pity;
    with their mouths they speak arrogantly.
11They track me down;[a] now they surround me;
    they set their eyes to cast me to the ground.
12They are like a lion eager to tear,
    like a young lion lurking in ambush.

13Rise up, O Lord, confront them, overthrow them!
    By your sword deliver my life from the wicked,
14from mortals—by your hand, O Lord
    from mortals whose portion in life is in this world.
May their bellies be filled with what you have stored up for them;
    may their children have more than enough;
    may they leave something over to their little ones.

15As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
    when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.


  1. Psalm 17:11 One Ms Compare Syr: MT Our steps
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