Psalms 17
A Prayer for Protection
A prayer of David.
1Lord, hear me begging for fairness.
Listen to my cry for help.
Pay attention to my prayer.
I speak the truth.
2You will judge that I am right.
Your eyes can see what is true.
3You have examined my heart.
You have tested me all night.
You questioned me without finding anything wrong.
I did not plan any evil.
4I have obeyed your commands.
I have not done what evil people do.
5I have done what you told me to do.
I have not failed.
6I call to you, God,
and you answer me.
Listen to me now.
Hear what I say.
7Your love is wonderful.
By your power you save
from their enemies those who trust you.
8Protect me as you would protect your own eye.
Protect me as a bird hides her young under her wings.
9Keep me from the wicked who attack me.
Protect me from my enemies who surround me.
10They are selfish.
They brag about themselves.
11They have chased me.
Now they surround me.
They plan to throw me to the ground.
12They are like lions ready to kill.
Like lions, they sit in hiding.
13Lord, rise up and face the enemy.
Throw them down.
Save me from the wicked
with your sword.
14Lord, save me from them by your power.
Their reward is in this life.
They have plenty of food.
They have many sons.
They leave money to their children.
15Because I have lived right, I will see your face.
When I wake up, I will see your likeness and be satisfied.
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