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Psalm 17 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

A prayer of David.[a]

17 Lord, hear my prayer for justice.
    I am calling loudly to you.
I am being honest in what I say,
    so please listen to my prayer.
You will make the right decision,
    because you can see the truth.
You were with me all night
    and looked deep into my heart.
You questioned me and found that
    I did not say or do anything wrong.
Unlike most people, I have obeyed your commands,
    so I have never been like those who are cruel and evil.
I have followed your way.
    My feet never left your path.
Every time I call to you, God, you answer me.
    So listen to me now, and hear what I say.
Show your amazing kindness
    and rescue those who depend on you.
Use your great power
    and protect them from their enemies.
Protect me like the pupil[b] of your eye.
    Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
Save me from the wicked people who are trying to destroy me.
Protect me from those who come to hurt me.
10 They think only of themselves
    and brag about what they will do.
11 They have been following me,
    and now they are all around me.
They watch me, waiting to throw me to the ground.
12 Like hungry lions, they want to kill and eat.
    Like young lions, they hide, ready to attack.

13 Lord, get up[c] and face the enemy.
    Make them surrender.
    Use your sword and save me from these wicked people.
14 Use your power, Lord,
    and remove them from this life.
But as for the people you treasure,
    fill them with food.
    Give them plenty for their children and their grandchildren.

15 I have done only what is right, so I will see your face.
    And seeing you,[d] I will be fully satisfied.


  1. Psalm 17:1 Psalm 17 A prayer of David Or “A prayer dedicated to David.”
  2. Psalm 17:8 pupil The center of the eye, which everyone wants to protect.
  3. Psalm 17:13 Lord, get up The people said this when they lifted the Box of the Agreement and took it into battle, showing that God was with them. See Num. 10:35-36.
  4. Psalm 17:15 you Literally, “your likeness.”
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

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