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Psalm 17 (New American Standard)

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Prayer for Protection against Oppressors.

1 Hear a 1just cause, O LORD, 2give heed to my cry; 3Give ear to my prayer, which is not from 4deceitful lips. 2 Let 5my ajudgment come forth from Your presence; Let Your eyes look with 6equity. 3 You have 7tried my heart; You have visited me by night; You have 8tested me and 9You find bnothing; I have 10purposed that my mouth will not transgress. 4 As for the deeds of men, 11by the word of Your lips I have kept from the 12paths of the violent. 5 My 13steps have held fast to Your cpaths. My 14feet have not slipped. 6 I have 15called upon You, for You will answer me, O God; 16Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech. 7 17Wondrously show Your lovingkindness, O 18Savior of those who take refuge dat Your right hand From those who rise up against them. 8 Keep me as ethe 19apple of the eye; Hide me 20in the shadow of Your wings 9 From the 21wicked who despoil me, My 22deadly enemies who surround me. 10 They have 23closed their funfeeling heart, With their mouth they 24speak proudly. 11 They have now 25surrounded us in our steps; They set their eyes 26to cast us down to the ground. 12 He is 27like a lion that is eager to tear, And as a young lion 28lurking in hiding places. 13 29Arise, O LORD, confront him, 30bring him low; 31Deliver my soul from the wicked with 32Your sword, 14 From men with 33Your hand, O LORD, From men gof the world, 34whose portion is in this life, And whose belly You 35fill with Your treasure; They are satisfied with children, And leave their abundance to their babes. 15 As for me, I shall 36behold Your face in righteousness; 37I will be satisfied hwith Your 38likeness when I awake.
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