Psalms 17
A Prayer for Protection
A Davidic prayer.
1Lord, hear a just cause; # Ps 9:4
pay attention to my cry;
listen to my prayer —
from lips free of deceit. # Jb 27:4; Ps 34:13; 1Pt 3:10
2Let my vindication come from You,
for You see what is right. # Ps 26:1; 43:1
3You have tested my heart; # Ps 66:10; Zch 13:9
You have examined me at night.
You have tried me and found nothing evil; # Jb 23:10; Ps 26:2
I have determined that my mouth will not sin. # Or evil ; my mouth will not sin
4Concerning what people do:
by the word of Your lips # God’s instruction
I have avoided the ways of the violent. # Pr 4:14-15
5My steps are on Your paths;
my feet have not slipped. # Jb 23:11
6I call on You, God,
because You will answer me; # Ps 86:7
listen closely to me; hear what I say.
7Display the wonders of Your faithful love, # Ps 85:7
Savior of all who seek refuge # Ps 7:1
from those who rebel against Your right hand. # Or love, You who save with Your right hand those seeking refuge from adversaries
8Protect me as the pupil of Your eye; # Pr 7:2
hide me in the shadow of Your wings # Ps 36:7; 57:1; 63:7; 91:1,4
9from # Lit from the presence of the wicked who treat me violently, # Or who plunder me
my deadly enemies who surround me. # Ps 18:48
10They have become hardened; # Lit have closed up their fat # Ps 119:70
their mouths speak arrogantly. # Ps 31:18
11They advance against me; # Vg; one Hb ms, LXX read They cast me out ; MT reads Our steps now they surround me. # Ps 88:17
They are determined # Lit They set their eyes
to throw me to the ground. # Ps 37:14; 62:4
12They are # Lit He is like a lion eager to tear,
like a young lion lurking in ambush. # Ps 7:2; 10:9
13Rise up, Lord!
Confront him; bring him down. # Ps 55:23
With Your sword, save me from the wicked. # Ps 7:12
14With Your hand, Lord, save me from men,
from men of the world
whose portion is in this life:
You fill their bellies with what You have in store;
their sons are satisfied,
and they leave their surplus to their children. # Ps 73:3-7
15But I will see Your face in righteousness; # Ps 11:7; Rv 22:4
when I awake, I will be satisfied with Your presence. # Lit form # Ps 16:11; 21:6; 73:28

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