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Psalm 17

A Prayer of David.

Hear a just cause, O Lord,
    attend to my cry;
give ear to my prayer
    that is not spoken from deceitful lips.
May my sentence go out from Your presence;
    may Your eyes see rightly.

You have examined my heart; You have visited me in the night;
    You have tried me and found nothing;
    I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
Concerning the works of men,
    by the word of Your lips
I have avoided
    the paths of the violent,
placing my steps in Your paths,
    that my footsteps do not slip.

I called on You, for You will answer me, O God;
    incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.
Show marvelously Your lovingkindness,
    O Deliverer of those who seek refuge
    by Your right hand from those who arise in opposition.
Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
    hide me under the shadow of Your wings,
from the wicked who bring ruin to me,
    from my deadly enemies who surround me.

10 They close their hard hearts;
    with their mouth they speak proudly.
11 They have now encircled us in our steps;
    they have set their eyes to bend down to the earth;
12 it is like a lion that is anxious to rip its prey,
    and as a young lion lurking in secrecy.

13 Arise, O Lord! Confront him, cast him down!
    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.
You fill their belly with Your treasure;
    they are satisfied with children,
    and they leave their abundance to their infants.

15 As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness;
    I will be satisfied when I awake with Your likeness.