17 Hear the just (righteous) cause, O Lord; listen to my loud [piercing] cry; Listen to my prayer, that comes from guileless lips. 2 Let my verdict of vindication come from Your presence; May Your eyes look with equity and behold things that are just. 3 You have tried my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tested me and You find nothing [evil in me]; I intend that my mouth will not transgress. 4 Concerning the deeds of men, by the word of Your lips I have kept away from the paths of the violent. 5 My steps have held closely to Your paths; My feet have not staggered.
6 I have called upon You, for You, O God, will answer me; Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech. 7 Wondrously show Your [marvelous and amazing] lovingkindness, O Savior of those who take refuge at Your right hand From those who rise up against them. 8 Keep me [in Your affectionate care, protect me] as the [a]apple of Your eye; Hide me in the [protective] shadow of Your wings 9 From the wicked who despoil and deal violently with me, My deadly enemies who surround me. 10 They have closed their [b]unfeeling heart [to kindness and compassion]; With their mouths they speak proudly and make presumptuous claims. 11 They track us down and have now surrounded us in our steps; They set their eyes to force us to the ground, 12 He is like a lion eager to tear [his prey], And like a young lion lurking in hiding places.
13 Arise, O Lord, confront him, cast him down; Save my soul from the wicked with Your sword, 14 From men with Your hand, O Lord, From men of the world [these moths of the night] whose portion [of enjoyment] is in this life—idle and vain, And whose belly You fill with Your treasure; They are satisfied with children, And they leave what they have left [of wealth] to their children. 15 As for me, I shall see Your face in righteousness; I will be [fully] satisfied when I awake [to find myself] seeing Your likeness.
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