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Psalm 17


Prayer for Protection against Oppressors.

A Prayer of David.

Psalm 17:1   Hear a just cause, O LORD, give heed to my cry; Give ear to my prayer, which is not from deceitful lips.
Psalm 17:2   Let my judgment come forth from Your presence; Let Your eyes look with equity.
Psalm 17:3   You have tried my heart; You have visited me by night; You have tested me and You find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
Psalm 17:4   As for the deeds of men, by the word of Your lips I have kept from the paths of the violent.
Psalm 17:5   My steps have held fast to Your paths. My feet have not slipped.
Psalm 17:6   I have called upon You, for You will answer me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech.
Psalm 17:7   Wondrously show Your lovingkindness, O Savior of those who take refuge at Your right hand From those who rise up against them.
Psalm 17:8   Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings
Psalm 17:9   From the wicked who despoil me, My deadly enemies who surround me.
Psalm 17:10   They have closed their unfeeling heart, With their mouth they speak proudly.
Psalm 17:11   They have now surrounded us in our steps; They set their eyes to cast us down to the ground.
Psalm 17:12   He is like a lion that is eager to tear, And as a young lion lurking in hiding places.
Psalm 17:13   Arise, O LORD, confront him, bring him low; Deliver my soul from the wicked with Your sword,
Psalm 17:14   From men with Your hand, O LORD, From men of the world, whose portion is in this life, And whose belly You fill with Your treasure; They are satisfied with children, And leave their abundance to their babes.
Psalm 17:15   As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake.
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