Psalm 17

A Prayer for Protection

A Davidic prayer.

1 Lord, hear a just cause; pay attention to my cry; listen to my prayer- from lips free of deceit.
2 Let my vindication come from You, [for] You see what is right.
3 You have tested my heart; You have visited by night; You have tried me and found nothing [evil];a I have determined that my mouth will not sin.b
4 Concerning what people do: by the word of Your lipsc I have avoided the ways of the violent.
5 My steps are on Your paths; my feet have not slipped.
6 I call on You, God, because You will answer me; listen closely to me; hear what I say.
7 Display the wonders of Your faithful love, Savior of all who seek refuge from those who rebel against Your right hand.d
8 Guard me as the apple of Your eye;e hide me in the shadow of Your wingsf
9 fromg the wicked who treat me violently,h my deadly enemies who surround me.
10 They have become hardened;i their mouths speak arrogantly.
11 They advance against me;j now they surround me. They are determinedk to throw [me] to the ground.
12 They arel like a lion eager to tear, like a young lion lurking in ambush.m
13 Rise up, Lord! Confront him; bring him down. With Your sword, save me from the wicked.
14 With Your hand, Lord, [save me] from men, from men of the world, whose portion is in this life: You fill their bellies with what You have in store, their sons are satisfied, and they leave their surplus to their children.
15 But I will see Your face in righteousness;n when I awake, I will be satisfied with Your presence.o
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