A Prayer for Protection

A Davidic prayer.

1 Lord, hear a just cause; pay attention to my cry; listen to my prayer- from lips free of deceit.

References for Psalms 17:1

      2 Let my vindication come from You, [for] You see what is right.
      3 You have tested my heart; You have visited by night; You have tried me and found nothing [evil];a I have determined that my mouth will not sin.b

      References for Psalms 17:3

        • a 17:3 - Ps 66:10; Jb 23:10; Zch 13:9
        • b 17:3 - Or [evil]; my mouth will not sin
          4 Concerning what people do: by the word of Your lipsc I have avoided the ways of the violent.

          References for Psalms 17:4

            • c 17:4 - God's law
              5 My steps are on Your paths; my feet have not slipped.
              6 I call on You, God, because You will answer me; listen closely to me; hear what I say.
              7 Display the wonders of Your faithful love, Savior of all who seek refuge from those who rebel against Your right hand.d

              References for Psalms 17:7

                • d 17:7 - Or love, You who save with Your right hand those seeking refuge from adversaries
                  8 Guard me as the apple of Your eye;e hide me in the shadow of Your wingsf

                  References for Psalms 17:8

                    • e 17:8 - Lit as the pupil, the daughter of the eye
                    • f 17:8 - Ps 57:1; 91:1,4; Ru 2:12
                      9 fromg the wicked who treat me violently,h my deadly enemies who surround me.

                      References for Psalms 17:9

                        • g 17:9 - Lit from the presence of
                        • h 17:9 - Or who plunder me
                          10 They have become hardened;i their mouths speak arrogantly.

                          References for Psalms 17:10

                            • i 17:10 - Lit have closed up their fat
                              11 They advance against me;j now they surround me. They are determinedk to throw [me] to the ground.

                              References for Psalms 17:11

                                • j 17:11 - Vg; one Hb ms, LXX read They cast me out; MT read Our steps
                                • k 17:11 - Lit They set their eyes
                                  12 They arel like a lion eager to tear, like a young lion lurking in ambush.m

                                  References for Psalms 17:12

                                      13 Rise up, Lord! Confront him; bring him down. With Your sword, save me from the wicked.
                                      14 With 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.
                                      15 But I will see Your face in righteousness;n when I awake, I will be satisfied with Your presence.o

                                      References for Psalms 17:15

                                        • n 17:15 - Jb 19:25-26; Mt 5:8; 1 Co 13:12
                                        • o 17:15 - Lit form