Psalms Chapter 17 |
1A prayer of David.
Hear, O Lord, what is just;
heed my cry, give ear to my prayer,
uttered without guile.
2My vindication will come from You;
Your eyes will behold what is right.
3You have visited me at night, probed my mind,
You have tested me and found nothing amiss;
I determined that my mouth should not transgress.
4As for man’s dealings,
in accord with the command of Your lips,
I have kept in view the fate of the lawless.
5My feet have held to Your paths;
my legs have not given way.
6I call on You;
You will answer me, God;
turn Your ear to me,
hear what I say.
7Display Your faithfulness in wondrous deeds,
You who deliver with Your right hand
those who seek refuge from assailants.
8Guard me like the apple of Your eye;
hide me in the shadow of Your wings
9from the wicked who despoil me,
my mortal enemies who encircle me.
10 Their hearts are closed to pity;
they mouth arrogance;
11now they hem in our feet on every side;
they set their eyes roaming over the land.
12He is like a lion eager for prey,
a king of beasts lying in wait.
13Rise, O Lord! Go forth to meet him.
Bring him down;
rescue me from the wicked with Your sword,
14 from men, O Lord, with Your hand,
from men whose share in life is fleeting.
But as to Your treasured ones,
fill their bellies.
Their sons too shall be satisfied,
and have something to leave over for their young.
15Then I, justified, will behold Your face;
awake, I am filled with the vision of You.