Psalm 17

                                                                 A prayer of David.

1 Hear, O Lord, my righteous plea;

listen to my cry.

Give ear to my prayer—

it does not rise from deceitful lips.

2 May my vindication come from you;

may your eyes see what is right.

3 Though you probe my heart and examine me

at night,

though you test me, you will nothing;

I have resolved that my mouth will not sin.

4 As for the deeds of men—-

by the word of your lips

I have kept myself

from the ways of the violent.

5 My steps have held to your paths;

my feet have not slipped.

6 I call on you, O God, for you will answer me;

give ear to me and hear my prayer.

7 Show the wonder of your great love,

you who save by your right hand

those who take refuge in you from their foes.

8 Keep me as the apple of your eye;

hide me in the shadow of your wings

9 from the wicked who assail me,

from my mortal enemies who surround me.

10 They close up their callous hearts ,

and their mouths speak with arrogance.

11 They have tracked me down, they now 

surround me,

with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.

12 They are like a lion hungry for prey,

like a great lion crouching in cover.

13 Rise up, O Lord, confront them, bring them 

down;

rescue me from the wicked by your sword.

14 O Lord, by your hand save me from such 

men,

from men of his world whose reward is in 

this life.

You still the hunger of those you cherish;

their sons have plenty,

and they store up wealth for their children.

15 And I—- in righteousness I will see your face;

when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing

your likeness. 

 

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