A prayer of David.
1Listen to what’s right, LORD;
pay attention to my cry!
Listen closely to my prayer;
it’s spoken by lips that don’t lie!
2My justice comes from you;
let your eyes see what is right!
3You have examined my heart,
testing me at night.
You’ve looked me over closely,
but haven’t found anything wrong.
My mouth doesn’t sin.
4But these other people’s deeds?
I have avoided such violent ways
by the command from your lips.
5My steps are set firmly on your paths;
my feet haven’t slipped.
6I cry out to you because you answer me.
So tilt your ears toward me now—
listen to what I’m saying!
7Manifest your faithful love in amazing ways
because you are the one
who saves those who take refuge in you,
saving them from their attackers
by your strong hand.
8Watch me with the very pupil of your eye!
Hide me in the protection of your wings,
9away from the wicked
who are out to get me,
away from my deadly enemies
who are all around me!
10They have no pity;#17.10 Heb uncertain
their mouths speak arrogantly.
11They track me down—
suddenly, they surround me!
They make their plans to put me in the dirt.
12They are like a lion eager to rip its prey;
they are like a strong young lion lying in wait.
13Get up, LORD!
Bring them down!
Rescue my life from the wicked—
use your sword!
14Rescue me from these people—
use your own hands, LORD!
Rescue me from these people
whose only possession is their fleeting life.#17.14 Heb uncertain
But fill the stomachs of your cherished ones;
let their children be filled full
so that they have leftovers enough for their babies.
15But me? I will see your face in righteousness;
when I awake, I will be filled full by seeing your image.