Psalm 17 King James Version

A Prayer for Protection against Oppressors

17 Hear the right, [1] O Lord, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips. 2  Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal. 3  Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress. 4  Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer. 5  Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip [2] not. 6  I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech. 7  Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.

8  Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, 9  From the wicked that oppress [3] me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about. 10  They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly. 11  They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth; 12  Like [4] as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places. 13  Arise, O Lord, disappoint [5] him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword: 14  From men which are thy hand, O Lord, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes. 15  As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

Footnotes

[1] 17:1 the right: Heb. justice

[2] 17:5 slip...: Heb. be not moved

[3] 17:9 oppress: Heb. waste

[4] 17:12 Like...: Heb. The likeness of him (that is, of every one of them) is as a lion that desireth to ravin

[5] 17:13 disappoint...: Heb. prevent his face

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