Psalm 17

In the Shadow of Your Wings

A Prayer of David.

1 Hear a just cause, O LORD; 1attend to my cry! Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
2 From your presence 2let my vindication come! Let your eyes behold the right!
3 You have 3tried my heart, you have 4visited me by 5night, you have 6tested me, and you will find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
4 With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.
5 My steps have 7held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.
6 I 8call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; 9incline your ear to me; hear my words.
7 10Wondrously showa your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from 11their adversaries at your right hand.
8 Keep me as 12the apple of your eye; hide me in 13the shadow of your wings,
9 from the wicked who do me violence, my deadly enemies who 14surround me.
10 15They close their hearts to pity; with their mouths they 16speak arrogantly.
11 They have now surrounded our 17steps; they set their eyes to 18cast us to the ground.
12 He is like a lion eager to tear, as a young lion 19lurking in ambush.
13 Arise, O LORD! Confront him, subdue him! Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword,
14 from men by your hand, O LORD, from 20men of the world whose 21portion is in this life.b You fill their womb with treasure;c they are satisfied with 22children, and they leave their abundance to their infants.
15 As for me, I shall 23behold your face in righteousness; when I 24awake, I shall be 25satisfied with your likeness.
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