Psalm 17 The Prayer of David

Psalm 17 The Prayer of David

Psalm 17

The Prayer of David


1 Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry!

Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!

2 From Thee let my vindication come!

Let Thy eyes see the right!

3 If Thou triest my heart, if Thou visitest me by night,

if Thou testest me, Thou wilt find no wickedness in me;

my mouth does not transgress.

4 With regard to the works of men, by the word of Thy lips

I have avoided the ways of the violent.

5 My steps have held fast to Thy paths,

my feet have not slipped.

6 I call upon Thee, for Thou wilt answer me, O God;

incline Thy ear to me, hear my words.

Psalm 17 The Prayer of David

7 Wondrously show Thy steadfast love,

O savior of those who seek refuge

from their adversaries at Thy right hand.

8 Keep me as the apple of the eye;

hide me in the shadow of Thy wings,

9 from the wicked who despoil me,

my deadly enemies who surround me.

10 They close their hearts to pity;

with their mouths they speak arrogantly.

11 They track me down; now they surround me;

they set their eyes to cast me to the ground.

12 They are like a lion eager to tear,

as a young lion lurking in ambush.

13 Arise, O Lord! confront them, overthrow them!

Deliver my life from the wicked by Thy sword,

14 from men by Thy hand, O Lord,

from men whose portion in life is of the world.

May their belly be filled with what Thou hast stored up for them;

may their children have more than enough;

may they leave something over to their babes.

15 As for me, I shall behold Thy face in righteousness;

when I awake, I shall be satisfied with beholding Thy form.

– Psalm 17


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