17 Lord, hear my just plea! Pay attention to my cry! Listen to my prayer, since it does not come from lying lips. 2 Justice for me will come from your presence; your eyes see what is right.
3 When you probe my heart, and examine me at night; when you refine me, you will find nothing wrong,[a] for I have determined that I will not transgress with my mouth. 4 As for the ways of mankind, I have, according to the words of your lips, avoided the ways of the violent. 5 Because my steps have held fast to your paths, my footsteps have not faltered.
6 I call upon you, for you will answer me, God. Listen closely to me and hear my prayer. 7 Show forth your gracious love, save those who take refuge in you from those who rebel against your sovereign power.[b]
8 Protect me as the most precious part of the eye;[c] hide me under the shadow of your wings 9 from the wicked[d] who have afflicted me, from my enemies who have surrounded me. 10 They are imprisoned by their own prosperity,[e] they have boasted proudly with their mouth. 11 Now they have encircled our paths[f] and are determined[g] to cast us down to the ground. 12 Like a lion they desire to rip us to pieces, like a young lion waiting in ambush.
13 Arise, Lord, confront them, bring them to their knees! Deliver me from the wicked by your sword— 14 from men, Lord, by your hand— from men who belong to this world, whose reward is only[h] in this[i] life.
But as for your treasured ones, may their stomachs be full, may their children have an abundance, and may they leave wealth to their offspring.
15 But as for me, justified, I will behold your face; when I awake, your presence[j] will satisfy me.
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