PSALM 17 Prayer for Protection against Oppressors. A Prayer of David. 17   1Hear a just cause, O Lord, give heed to my cry; Give ear to my prayer, which is not from deceitful lips. 2Let my [H]judgment come forth from Your presence; Let Your eyes look with equity. 3You have tried my heart; You have visited me by night; You have tested me and You find [I]nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress. 4As for the deeds of men, by the word of Your lips I have kept from the paths of the violent. 5My steps have held fast to Your [J]paths. My feet have not slipped. 6I have called upon You, for You will answer me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech. 7Wondrously show Your lovingkindness, O Savior of those who take refuge [K]at Your right hand From those who rise up against them. 8Keep me as [L]the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings 9From the wicked who despoil me, My deadly enemies who surround me. 10They have closed their [M]unfeeling heart, With their mouth they speak proudly. 11They have now surrounded us in our steps; They set their eyes to cast us down to the ground. 12He is like a lion that is eager to tear, And as a young lion lurking in hiding places. 13Arise, O Lord, confront him, bring him low; Deliver my soul from the wicked with Your sword, 14From men with Your hand, O Lord, From men [N]of the world, whose portion is in this life, And whose belly You fill with Your treasure; They are satisfied with children, And leave their abundance to their babes. 15As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied [O]with Your likeness when I awake.
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