Psalms 17:1-15

A prayer of David.

1 Hear me, LORD, my plea is just; listen to my cry. Hear my prayer— it does not rise from deceitful lips.
2 Let my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right.
3 Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed.
4 Though people tried to bribe me, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent through what your lips have commanded.
5 My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not stumbled.
6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
7 Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.
8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings
9 from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.
10 They close up their callous hearts, and their mouths speak with arrogance.
11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me, with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like a lion hungry for prey, like a fierce lion crouching in cover.
13 Rise up, LORD, confront them, bring them down; with your sword rescue me from the wicked.
14 By your hand save me from such people, LORD, from those of this world whose reward is in this life. May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies; may their children gorge themselves on it, and may there be leftovers for their little ones.
15 As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.

Psalms 17:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.
ESV
1 Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry! Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
NLT
1 O LORD, hear my plea for justice. Listen to my cry for help. Pay attention to my prayer, for it comes from honest lips.
MSG
1 Listen while I build my case, God, the most honest prayer you'll ever hear.
CSB
1 Lord, hear a just cause; pay attention to my cry; listen to my prayer- from lips free of deceit.

Psalms 17:1-15 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 17

\\<>\\. This prayer was put up by David either in his own person, on his own account, praying to God for the vindication of his cause, and for salvation and deliverance from his enemies; or in the person of the Messiah, whose type he was, and of the whole church, so Jerom of old interpreted it; and the title of it in the Arabic version is, ``a prayer in the person of a perfect man, and of Christ himself, and of everyone that is redeemed by him;'' in which preservation and protection are prayed for, and hope of eternal life is expressed. It was written, according to Theodoret, when David suffered persecution from Saul.

Psalms 17:1-15 In-Context

1 Hear me, LORD, my plea is just; listen to my cry. Hear my prayer— it does not rise from deceitful lips.
2 Let my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right.
3 Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed.
4 Though people tried to bribe me, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent through what your lips have commanded.
5 My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not stumbled.
6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
7 Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.
8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings
9 from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.
10 They close up their callous hearts, and their mouths speak with arrogance.
11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me, with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like a lion hungry for prey, like a fierce lion crouching in cover.
13 Rise up, LORD, confront them, bring them down; with your sword rescue me from the wicked.
14 By your hand save me from such people, LORD, from those of this world whose reward is in this life. May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies; may their children gorge themselves on it, and may there be leftovers for their little ones.
15 As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.

Cross References 35

  • 1. Psalms 30:10; Psalms 64:1; Psalms 80:1; Psalms 140:6
  • 2. Psalms 5:2; Psalms 39:12; Psalms 142:6; Psalms 143:1; Psalms 61:1
  • 3. S Psalms 5:1
  • 4. Isaiah 29:13
  • 5. Psalms 24:5; Psalms 26:1; Isaiah 46:13; Isaiah 50:8-9; Isaiah 54:17
  • 6. Psalms 99:4
  • 7. Psalms 139:1; Jeremiah 12:3
  • 8. S Job 7:18; Psalms 26:2; Psalms 66:10
  • 9. Job 23:10; Jeremiah 50:20
  • 10. Psalms 39:1
  • 11. Job 23:11; Psalms 44:18; Psalms 119:133
  • 12. Deuteronomy 32:35; Psalms 73:2; Psalms 121:3; Psalms 18:36
  • 13. Psalms 86:7
  • 14. Psalms 116:2
  • 15. S Psalms 4:1; Psalms 88:2
  • 16. Psalms 31:21; Psalms 69:13; Psalms 106:45; Psalms 107:43; Psalms 117:2
  • 17. S Psalms 10:12; Psalms 20:6
  • 18. Psalms 2:12
  • 19. S Numbers 6:24
  • 20. S Deuteronomy 32:10; Proverbs 7:2
  • 21. Psalms 27:5; Psalms 31:20; Psalms 32:7
  • 22. Ruth 2:12; Psalms 36:7; Psalms 63:7; Isaiah 34:15
  • 23. Psalms 31:20; Psalms 109:3
  • 24. Psalms 73:7; Psalms 119:70; Isaiah 6:10
  • 25. S 1 Samuel 2:3
  • 26. Psalms 37:14; Psalms 88:17
  • 27. Psalms 7:2; Psalms 10:9; Jeremiah 5:6; Jeremiah 12:8; Lamentations 3:10
  • 28. S Genesis 49:9
  • 29. S Numbers 10:35
  • 30. Psalms 7:12; Psalms 22:20; Psalms 35:8; Psalms 55:23; Psalms 73:18
  • 31. Luke 16:8
  • 32. Psalms 49:17; Luke 16:25
  • 33. Isaiah 2:7; Isaiah 57:17; Psalms 73:3-7
  • 34. S Psalms 3:5
  • 35. S Numbers 12:8; Psalms 4:6-7; Psalms 16:11; S Matthew 5:8; 1 John 3:2
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