Psalm 17 (Common English Bible)

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Psalm 17

A prayer of David.

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