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Psalm 17 Expanded Bible (EXB)

A Prayer for Protection

A prayer of David.

17 Lord, hear ·me begging for fairness [a just cause];
    ·listen [pay attention] to my cry for help.
·Pay attention [Bend your ear] to my prayer,
    because ·I speak the truth [L my lips are not deceitful].
·You will judge that I am right [L My judgment/vindication will come from before you];
    your eyes can see what is ·true [virtuous].
You have examined my heart;
    you have ·tested me all [or visited me at] night.
You ·questioned [tested] me without finding anything wrong;
    ·I have not sinned with my mouth [L my mouth has not transgressed].
·I have obeyed your commands [L As for the deeds of people, by the word of your lips],
    ·so I have not done what evil people do [I have kept away from the ways of the violent].
·I have done what you told me [L My steps have held fast to your paths];
    ·I have not failed [L My feet have not slipped].

I call to you,
    ·and [L for] you answer me, O God.
·Listen [L Extend your ear] to me now,
    and hear what I say.
Your ·love [loyalty; covenant love] is wonderful.
    ·By your power [L At your right hand] you save those who ·trust [find their refuge in] you
    from ·their enemies [those who rise up against them].
Protect me as ·you would protect your own [or the apple/L pupil of your] eye.
    Hide me under the shadow of your wings.
Keep me from the wicked who ·attack [mistreat] me,
    from my enemies who surround me.
10 They ·are selfish [close their callous hearts]
    and ·brag about themselves [L their mouths speak proudly].
11 They have ·chased [tracked] me until they have surrounded me.
    They ·plan [L set their eyes] to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like lions ready to ·kill [tear up prey];
    like lions, they sit in ·hiding [ambush; cover].

13 Lord, rise up, ·face [confront] the enemy, and ·throw them down [subdue them].
    ·Save [Rescue; T Deliver] me from the wicked with your sword.
14 Lord, save me by your ·power [L hand] from mortals,
    from mortals whose ·reward [portion] in the world is in this life.
·They have plenty of food [L Your stores have filled their bellies].
    ·They have many sons [or Their sons have plenty]
and leave ·much money [L their surplus] to their children.

15 ·Because I have lived right [In righteousness], I will see your face.
When I wake up, I will see your likeness and be satisfied.

Expanded Bible (EXB)

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Psalm 17 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 17

A prayer of David.

Hear me, Lord, my plea is just;
    listen to my cry.
Hear my prayer—
    it does not rise from deceitful lips.
Let my vindication come from you;
    may your eyes see what is right.

Though you probe my heart,
    though you examine me at night and test me,
you will find that I have planned no evil;
    my mouth has not transgressed.
Though people tried to bribe me,
    I have kept myself from the ways of the violent
    through what your lips have commanded.
My steps have held to your paths;
    my feet have not stumbled.

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;
    turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
Show me the wonders of your great love,
    you who save by your right hand
    those who take refuge in you from their foes.
Keep me as the apple of your eye;
    hide me in the shadow of your wings
from the wicked who are out to destroy me,
    from my mortal enemies who surround me.

10 They close up their callous hearts,
    and their mouths speak with arrogance.
11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me,
    with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like a lion hungry for prey,
    like a fierce lion crouching in cover.

13 Rise up, Lord, confront them, bring them down;
    with your sword rescue me from the wicked.
14 By your hand save me from such people, Lord,
    from those of this world whose reward is in this life.
May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies;
    may their children gorge themselves on it,
    and may there be leftovers for their little ones.

15 As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face;
    when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.

New International Version (NIV)

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