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A Prayer for Protection

A prayer of David.

17 Lord, hear me begging for fairness.
    Listen to my cry for help.
Pay attention to my prayer.
    I speak the truth.
You will judge that I am right.
    Your eyes can see what is true.
You have examined my heart.
    You have tested me all night.
You questioned me without finding anything wrong.
    I did not plan any evil.
I have obeyed your commands.
    I have not done what evil people do.
I have done what you told me to do.
    I have not failed.

I call to you, God,
    and you answer me.
Listen to me now.
    Hear what I say.
Your love is wonderful.
    By your power you save
    from their enemies those who trust you.
Protect me as you would protect your own eye.
    Protect me as a bird hides her young under her wings.
Keep me from the wicked who attack me.
    Protect me from my enemies who surround me.
10 They are selfish.
    They brag about themselves.
11 They have chased me.
    Now they surround me.
    They plan to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like lions ready to kill.
    Like lions, they sit in hiding.

13 Lord, rise up and face the enemy.
    Throw them down.
Save me from the wicked
    with your sword.
14 Lord, save me from them by your power.
    Their reward is in this life.
They have plenty of food.
    They have many sons.
    They leave money to their children.

15 Because I have lived right, I will see your face.
    When I wake up, I will see your likeness and be satisfied.

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