Psalm 17 English Standard Version

A Prayer for Protection against Oppressors

17 1  Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry! Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit! 2  From your presence let my vindication come! Let your eyes behold the right! 3  You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night, you have tested me, and you will find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress. 4  With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent. 5  My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped. 6  I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words. 7  Wondrously show[1] your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.

8  Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings, 9  from the wicked who do me violence, my deadly enemies who surround me. 10  They close their hearts to pity; with their mouths they speak arrogantly. 11  They have now surrounded our steps; they set their eyes to cast us to the ground. 12  He is like a lion eager to tear, as a young lion lurking in ambush. 13  Arise, O Lord! Confront him, subdue him! Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword, 14  from men by your hand, O Lord, from men of the world whose portion is in this life.[2] You fill their womb with treasure;[3] they are satisfied with children, and they leave their abundance to their infants. 15  As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.


[1] 17:7 Or Distinguish me by

[2] 17:14 Or from men whose portion in life is of the world

[3] 17:14 Or As for your treasured ones, you fill their womb

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