Psalms 17

Psalm 171

A prayer of David.

17:1 Lord, consider my just cause!2

Pay attention to my cry for help!

Listen to the prayer

I sincerely offer!3

17:2 Make a just decision on my behalf!4

Decide what is right!5

17:3 You have scrutinized my inner motives;6

you have examined me during the night.7

You have carefully evaluated me, but you find no sin.

I am determined I will say nothing sinful.8

17:4 As for the actions of people9

just as you have commanded,

I have not followed in the footsteps of violent men.10

17:5 I carefully obey your commands;11

I do not deviate from them.12

17:6 I call to you for you will answer me, O God.

Listen to me!13

Hear what I say!14

17:7 Accomplish awesome, faithful deeds,15

you who powerfully deliver those who look to you for protection from their enemies.16

17:8 Protect me as you would protect the pupil of your eye!17

Hide me in the shadow of your wings!18

17:9 Protect me from19 the wicked men who attack20 me,

my enemies who crowd around me for the kill.21

17:10 They are calloused;22

they speak arrogantly.23

17:11 They attack me, now they surround me;24

they intend to throw me to the ground.25

17:12 He26 is like a lion27 that wants to tear its prey to bits,28

like a young lion crouching29 in hidden places.

17:13 Rise up, Lord!

Confront him!30 Knock him down!31

Use your sword to rescue me from the wicked man!32

17:14 Lord, use your power to deliver me from these murderers,33

from the murderers of this world!34

They enjoy prosperity;35

you overwhelm them with the riches they desire.36

They have many children,

and leave their wealth to their offspring.37

17:15 As for me, because I am innocent I will see your face;38

when I awake you will reveal yourself to me.39

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