Hear a just cause, O LORD; 1attend to my cry! Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
From your presence 2let my vindication come! Let your eyes behold the right!
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.
With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.
My steps have 7held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.
I 8call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; 9incline your ear to me; hear my words.
10Wondrously show your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from 11their adversaries at your right hand.
Keep me as 12the apple of your eye; hide me in 13the shadow of your wings,
from the wicked who do me violence, my deadly enemies who 14surround me.
15They close their hearts to pity; with their mouths they 16speak arrogantly.
They have now surrounded our 17steps; they set their eyes to 18cast us to the ground.
He is like a lion eager to tear, as a young lion 19lurking in ambush.
Arise, O LORD! Confront him, subdue him! Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword,
from men by your hand, O LORD, from 20men of the world whose 21portion is in this life. You fill their womb with treasure; they are satisfied with 22children, and they leave their abundance to their infants.
As for me, I shall 23behold your face in righteousness; when I 24awake, I shall be 25satisfied with your likeness.