Psalm 17 ©

1 David appealeth to God for his innocence, and prayeth to be saved from his enemies: 10 he sheweth their pride and eagerness to ruin him: 13 he prayeth against worldly men, expressing his own confidence in God.


A aPrayer of David.


HEAR bthe 1right, O LORD, cattend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, 2that goeth not out of feigned lips.


Let dmy sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold ethe things that are equal.


Thou fhast *proved mine heart; thou hast gvisited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; hI am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.


Concerning the works of men, iby the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.


jHold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps 3slip not.


kI have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.


Shew thy lmarvellous lovingkindness, O thou 4that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.


mKeep me as the *apple of the eye, hide me under nthe shadow of thy wings,


From the wicked 5that oppress me, from 6my deadly enemies, who *compass me about.


They oare *inclosed in their own fat: pwith their mouth they speak proudly.


They qhave now *compassed us in our steps: they have rset their eyes bowing down to the earth;


7Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion 8lurking in secret places.


sArise, O LORD, 9disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, twhich is 10thy sword:


11From men which are thy uhand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have vtheir portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure : 12they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.


As for me, wI will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be xsatisfied, ywhen I awake, with thy zlikeness.