Psalms 17

In the Shadow of Your Wings

A a  Prayer of David.

1 Hear a just cause, O  Lord; b  attend to my cry!
Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
2From your presence c  let my vindication come!
Let your eyes behold the right!
3 You have d  tried my heart, you have e  visited me by f  night,
you have g  tested me, and you will find nothing;
I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
4With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips
I have avoided the ways of the violent.
5My steps have h  held fast to your paths;
my feet have not slipped.
6 I i  call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
j  incline your ear to me; hear my words.
7 k  Wondrously show
Or Distinguish me by
your steadfast love,
O Savior of those who seek refuge
from m  their adversaries at your right hand.
8 Keep me as n  the apple of your eye;
hide me in o  the shadow of your wings,
9from the wicked who do me violence,
my deadly enemies who p  surround me.
10 q  They close their hearts to pity;
with their mouths they r  speak arrogantly.
11They have now surrounded our s  steps;
they set their eyes to t  cast us to the ground.
12He is like a lion eager to tear,
as a young lion u  lurking in ambush.
13 Arise, O  Lord! Confront him, subdue him!
Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword,
14from men by your hand, O  Lord,
from v  men of the world whose w  portion is in this life.
Or  from men whose portion in life is of the world

You fill their womb with treasure;
Or As for your treasured ones, you fill their womb

they are satisfied with z  children,
and they leave their abundance to their infants.
15 As for me, I shall aa  behold your face in righteousness;
when I ab  awake, I shall be ac  satisfied with your likeness.
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