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Psalm 17 (New International Version)

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A prayer of David.

1 Hear,1 O LORD, my righteous plea; listen to my cry.2 Give ear3 to my prayer-- it does not rise from deceitful lips.4 2 May my vindication5 come from you; may your eyes see what is right.6 3 Though you probe my heart7 and examine me at night, though you test me,8 you will find nothing;9 I have resolved that my mouth will not sin.10 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 held to your paths;11 my feet have not slipped.12 6 I call on you, O God, for you will answer me;13 give ear to me14 and hear my prayer.15 7 Show the wonder of your great love,16 you who save by your right hand17 those who take refuge18 in you from their foes. 8 Keep me19 as the apple of your eye;20 hide me21 in the shadow of your wings22 9 from the wicked who assail me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.23 10 They close up their callous hearts,24 and their mouths speak with arrogance.25 11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me,26 with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground. 12 They are like a lion27 hungry for prey,28 like a great lion crouching in cover. 13 Rise up,29 O LORD, confront them, bring them down;30 rescue me from the wicked by your sword. 14 O LORD, by your hand save me from such men, from men of this world31 whose reward is in this life.32 You still the hunger of those you cherish; their sons have plenty, and they store up wealth33 for their children. 15 And I--in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake,34 I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.35
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