A prayer of David.

Prayer for Vindication and Protection

1 O Yahweh, hear a just cause. Hear my cry; heed my prayer [I make] without deceitful lips.

References for Psalms 17:1

    • a 17:1 - The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
      2 Let my vindication come forth from you; let your eyes see fairness.
      3 You have tried my heart; you have examined [me] by night; you have tested me; you found nothing. I have decided [that] my mouth will not transgress.
      4 As for [the] works of humankind, by the word of your lips, I have kept [from] the ways of [the] violent.
      5 [I have] held my steps in your path My feet will not slip.
      6 As for me, I have called on you because you will answer me, O God. Incline your ear to me. Hear my words.

      References for Psalms 17:6

        • b 17:6 - Hebrew "word"
          7 Show wondrously your acts of loyal love, O Savior of those who take refuge at your right hand from those who rise up against [them].

          References for Psalms 17:7

            • c 17:7 - Or "saving by your right hand those"
              8 Keep me as {the apple of your eye}. Hide me in the shadow of your wings

              References for Psalms 17:8

                • d 17:8 - Literally "[the] little man of the daughter of [your] eye"
                  9 from [the] {presence} of [the] wicked who destroy me, [those] enemies against my life, [they that] surround me.

                  References for Psalms 17:9

                    • e 17:9 - Literally "face"
                      10 They have shut off their calloused [heart]; [with] their mouth they speak arrogantly.

                      References for Psalms 17:10

                          11 Now they surround us at our [every] step. They {intend} {to pin} [me] to the ground.

                          References for Psalms 17:11

                            • g 17:11 - Literally "set their eyes"
                            • h 17:11 - Literally "to stretch"
                              12 {He is like} a lion; he longs to tear apart, and like a strong lion crouching in hiding places.

                              References for Psalms 17:12

                                • i 17:12 - Literally "His image"
                                  13 Rise up, O Yahweh, confront {him}. Make him bow down. Rescue with your sword my life from [the] wicked,

                                  References for Psalms 17:13

                                    • j 17:13 - Literally "his face"
                                      14 from men by your hand, O Yahweh, from men of [this] world. Their share [is] in {this life}, and you fill their stomach [with] your treasure. They are satisfied [with] children. They bequeath their excess to their children.

                                      References for Psalms 17:14

                                        • k 17:14 - Literally "the life"
                                          15 [By contrast,] I in righteousness shall see your face. Upon awakening I will be satisfied [seeing] your form.