Psalm 17
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1A prayer of David. LORD, consider my just cause! Pay attention to my cry for help! Listen to the prayer I sincerely offer! 1A prayer of David. Hear, O LORD, my righteous plea; listen to my cry. Give ear to my prayer—it comes from lips free of deceit.
2Make a just decision on my behalf! Decide what is right! 2May my vindication come from Your presence; may Your eyes see what is right.
3You have scrutinized my inner motives; you have examined me during the night. You have carefully evaluated me, but you find no sin. I am determined I will say nothing sinful. 3You have tried my heart; You have visited me in the night. You have tested me and found no evil; I have resolved not to sin with my mouth.
4As for the actions of people--just as you have commanded, I have not followed in the footsteps of violent men. 4As for the deeds of men—by the word of Your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.
5I carefully obey your commands; I do not deviate from them. 5My steps have held to Your paths; my feet have not slipped.
6I call to you for you will answer me, O God. Listen to me! Hear what I say! 6I call on You, O God, for You will answer me. Incline Your ear to me; hear my words.
7Accomplish awesome, faithful deeds, you who powerfully deliver those who look to you for protection from their enemies. 7Show the wonders of Your loving devotion, You who save by Your right hand those who seek refuge from their foes.
8Protect me as you would protect the pupil of your eye! Hide me in the shadow of your wings! 8Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings
9Protect me from the wicked men who attack me, my enemies who crowd around me for the kill. 9from the wicked who assail me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.
10They are calloused; they speak arrogantly. 10They have closed their callous hearts; their mouths speak with arrogance.
11They attack me, now they surround me; they intend to throw me to the ground. 11They have tracked us down, and now surround us; their eyes are set to cast us to the ground,
12He is like a lion that wants to tear its prey to bits, like a young lion crouching in hidden places. 12like a lion greedy for prey, like a young lion lurking in ambush.
13Rise up, LORD! Confront him! Knock him down! Use your sword to rescue me from the wicked man! 13Arise, O LORD, confront them! Bring them to their knees; deliver me from the wicked by Your sword,
14LORD, use your power to deliver me from these murderers, from the murderers of this world! They enjoy prosperity; you overwhelm them with the riches they desire. They have many children, and leave their wealth to their offspring. 14from such men, O LORD, by Your hand—from men of the world whose portion is in this life. May You fill the bellies of Your treasured ones and satisfy their sons, so they leave their abundance to their children.
15As for me, because I am innocent I will see your face; when I awake you will reveal yourself to me. 15As for me, I will behold Your face in righteousness; when I awake, I will be satisfied in Your presence.
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