4 Though people tried to bribe me, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent through what your lips have commanded.

Read Psalm 17:4 Using Other Translations

Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.
With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.
I have followed your commands, which keep me from following cruel and evil people.