Psalm 17
NET BibleNew American Standard Bible 1995
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 a just cause, O LORD, give heed to my cry; Give ear to my prayer, which is not from deceitful lips.
2Make a just decision on my behalf! Decide what is right! 2Let my judgment come forth from Your presence; Let Your eyes look with equity.
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 by night; You have tested me and You find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
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 kept from the paths of the violent.
5I carefully obey your commands; I do not deviate from them. 5My steps have held fast 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 have called upon You, for You will answer me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech.
7Accomplish awesome, faithful deeds, you who powerfully deliver those who look to you for protection from their enemies. 7Wondrously show Your lovingkindness, O Savior of those who take refuge at Your right hand From those who rise up against them.
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 the 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 despoil me, My deadly enemies who surround me.
10They are calloused; they speak arrogantly. 10They have closed their unfeeling heart, With their mouth they speak proudly.
11They attack me, now they surround me; they intend to throw me to the ground. 11They have now surrounded us in our steps; They set their eyes to cast us down to the ground.
12He is like a lion that wants to tear its prey to bits, like a young lion crouching in hidden places. 12He is like a lion that is eager to tear, And as a young lion lurking in hiding places.
13Rise up, LORD! Confront him! Knock him down! Use your sword to rescue me from the wicked man! 13Arise, O LORD, confront him, bring him low; Deliver my soul from the wicked with 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 men with Your hand, O LORD, From men of the world, whose portion is in this life, And whose belly You fill with Your treasure; They are satisfied with children, And leave their abundance to their babes.
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 shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake.
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