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.
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.
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].
8 Keep me as {the apple of your eye}. Hide me in the shadow of your wings
9 from [the] {presence} of [the] wicked who destroy me, [those] enemies against my life, [they that] surround me.
10 They have shut off their calloused [heart]; [with] their mouth they speak arrogantly.
11 Now they surround us at our [every] step. They {intend} {to pin} [me] to the ground.
12 {He is like} a lion; he longs to tear apart, and like a strong lion crouching in hiding places.
13 Rise up, O Yahweh, confront {him}. Make him bow down. Rescue with your sword my life from [the] wicked,
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.
15 [By contrast,] I in righteousness shall see your face. Upon awakening I will be satisfied [seeing] your form.