Psalms 17

Prayer for Protection against Oppressors.

A Prayer of David.

Hear a a just cause, O  Lord, b give heed to my cry;
c Give ear to my prayer, which is not from d deceitful lips.
Let e my
I.e. vindication
judgment come forth from Your presence;
Let Your eyes look with g equity.
You have h tried my heart;
You have visited me by night;
You have i tested me and j You find
Or no evil device in me; My mouth
I have l purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
As for the deeds of men m by the word of Your lips
I have kept from the n paths of the violent.
My o steps have held fast to Your
Lit tracks
My q feet have not slipped.

I have r called upon You, for You will answer me, O God;
s Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech.
t Wondrously show Your lovingkindness,
O u Savior of those who take refuge
Or from those who rise Your right hand
at Your right hand
From those who rise up against them.
Keep me as
Lit the pupil, the daughter of the eye
the x apple of the eye;
Hide me y in the shadow of Your wings
From the z wicked who despoil me,
My aa deadly enemies who surround me.
10 They have ab closed their
Lit fat
unfeeling heart,
With their mouth they ad speak proudly.
11 They have now ae surrounded us in our steps;
They set their eyes af to cast us down to the ground.
12 He is ag like a lion that is eager to tear,
And as a young lion ah lurking in hiding places.

13  ai Arise, O  Lord, confront him, aj bring him low;
ak Deliver my soul from the wicked with al Your sword,
14 From men with am Your hand, O  Lord,
From men
Or whose portion in life is of the world
of the world ao whose portion is in this life,
And whose belly You ap fill with Your treasure;
They are satisfied with children,
And leave their abundance to their babes.
15 As for me, I shall aq behold Your face in righteousness;
ar I will be satisfied
Or with beholding
with Your at likeness when I awake.

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