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Psalm 17 English Standard Version (ESV)

In the Shadow of Your Wings

A Prayer of David.

17 Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry!
    Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
From your presence let my vindication come!
    Let your eyes behold the right!

You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night,
    you have tested me, and you will find nothing;
    I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips
    I have avoided the ways of the violent.
My steps have held fast to your paths;
    my feet have not slipped.

I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
    incline your ear to me; hear my words.
Wondrously show[a] your steadfast love,
    O Savior of those who seek refuge
    from their adversaries at your right hand.

Keep me as the apple of your eye;
    hide me in the shadow of your wings,
from the wicked who do me violence,
    my deadly enemies who surround me.

10 They close their hearts to pity;
    with their mouths they speak arrogantly.
11 They have now surrounded our steps;
    they set their eyes to cast us to the ground.
12 He is like a lion eager to tear,
    as a young lion lurking in ambush.

13 Arise, O Lord! Confront him, subdue him!
    Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword,
14 from men by your hand, O Lord,
    from men of the world whose portion is in this life.[b]
You fill their womb with treasure;[c]
    they are satisfied with children,
    and they leave their abundance to their infants.

15 As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
    when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.


  1. Psalm 17:7 Or Distinguish me by
  2. Psalm 17:14 Or from men whose portion in life is of the world
  3. Psalm 17:14 Or As for your treasured ones, you fill their womb
English Standard Version (ESV)

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Tehillim 17 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

17 (Tefillah of Dovid) Hear the tzedek (righteous plea of a just cause), Hashem, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my tefillah, that goeth not out of lips of mirmah (deceit).

Let my mishpat (right) come forth from Thy presence; let Thine eyes behold the things that are right.

Thou hast probed mine lev; Thou hast visited me in the lailah; Thou hast tested me and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.

Concerning the works of men, by the Devar of Thy lips I have kept myself from the paths of the cruel.

Uphold my goings in Thy paths, that my footsteps stumble not.

I have called upon Thee, for Thou wilt hear me, O El; incline Thine ear unto me, and hear my prayer.

Show Thy marvellous chesed, O Thou Moshi’a Who saves by Thy right hand them which put their trust in Thee from those that rise up against them.

Be shomer over me as the apple of Thy eye; hide me in the shadow of Thy wings,

From the resha’im that oppress me, from my deadly enemies threatening my nefesh, who surround me.

10 They have closed up callously and mercilessly against me; with their mouth they speak with ge’ut (pride).

11 At every step they have surrounded me; their purpose is to strike down to ha’aretz;

12 Like aryeh eager to tear his prey, and like a young lion lurking in ambush.

13 Arise, Hashem, confront him, cast him down; deliver my nefesh from the resha with Thy cherev;

14 From men with Thy yad, Hashem, from men of the world, whose portion is in this life, and with Thy treasures Thou fillest their belly; they are satisfied with children, and leave their abundance to their babes.

15 As for me, in tzedek I will behold Thy face; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy temunah (form; see Num 12:8).

Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

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