Psalm 17 (Lexham English Bible)

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A prayer of David.

Prayer for Vindication and Protection

1 aO 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.b 7 Show wondrously your acts of loyal love, O Savior of those who take refuge at your right handc from those who rise up against [them]. 8 Keep me as {the apple of your eye}.d Hide me in the shadow of your wings 9 from [the] {presence}e of [the] wicked who destroy me, [those] enemies against my life, [they that] surround me. 10 They have shut off their callousedf [heart]; [with] their mouth they speak arrogantly. 11 Now they surround us at our [every] step. They {intend}g {to pin}h [me] to the ground. 12 {He is like}i a lion; he longs to tear apart, and like a strong lion crouching in hiding places. 13 Rise up, O Yahweh, confront {him}.j 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},k 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.
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