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Psalm 17 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 A prayer of David. O LORD, hear my plea for justice. Listen to my cry for help. Pay attention to my prayer, for it comes from an honest heart. 1 Hear, O LORD, my righteous plea; listen to my cry. Give ear to my prayer-- it does not rise from deceitful lips.
2 Declare me innocent, for you know those who do right. 2 May my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right.
3 You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night. You have scrutinized me and found nothing amiss, for I am determined not to sin in what I say. 3 Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin.
4 I have followed your commands, which have kept me from going along with cruel and evil people. 4 As for the deeds of men-- by the word of your lips I have kept myself from the ways of the violent.
5 My steps have stayed on your path; I have not wavered from following you. 5 My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not slipped.
6 I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray. 6 I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.
7 Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways. You save with your strength those who seek refuge from their enemies. 7 Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.
8 Guard me as the apple of your eye. Hide me in the shadow of your wings. 8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings
9 Protect me from wicked people who attack me, from murderous enemies who surround me. 9 from the wicked who assail me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.
10 They are without pity. Listen to their boasting. 10 They close up their callous hearts, and their mouths speak with arrogance.
11 They track me down, surround me, and throw me to the ground. 11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me, with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like hungry lions, eager to tear me apart -- like young lions in hiding, waiting for their chance. 12 They are like a lion hungry for prey, like a great lion crouching in cover.
13 Arise, O LORD! Stand against them and bring them to their knees! Rescue me from the wicked with your sword! 13 Rise up, O LORD, confront them, bring them down; rescue me from the wicked by your sword.
14 Save me by your mighty hand, O LORD, from those whose only concern is earthly gain. May they have their punishment in full. May their children inherit more of the same, and may the judgment continue to their children's children. 14 O LORD, by your hand save me from such men, from men of this world whose reward is in this life. You still the hunger of those you cherish; their sons have plenty, and they store up wealth for their children.
15 But because I have done what is right, I will see you. When I awake, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face to face. 15 And I--in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.