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Psalm 17 The Passion Translation (TPT)

A Cry for Justice

17 A priestly prayer, by King David
Listen to me, Lord.
Hear the passionate prayer of this honest man.
It’s my piercing cry for justice!
My cause is just and my need is real.
I’ve done what’s right and my lips speak truth.
Lord, I always live my life before your face,
so examine and exonerate me.
Vindicate me and show the world I’m innocent.
For in a visitation of the night
you inspected my heart and refined my soul in fire
until nothing vile was found in me.
I’ve wanted my words and my ways to always agree.
Following your word has kept me from wrong.
Your ways have molded my footsteps, keeping me
from going down the forbidden paths of the destroyer.
My steps follow in the tracks of your chariot wheels,
always staying in their path,
never straying from your way.
You will answer me, God; I know you always will,
like you always do as you listen with love to my every prayer.
Magnify the marvels of your mercy to all who seek you.[a]
Make your Pure One wonderful to me,[b]
like you do for all those who turn aside
to hide themselves in you.
Protect me from harm;
keep an eye on me like you would a child[c]
reflected in the twinkling of your eye.
Yes, hide me within the shelter of your embrace,
under your outstretched wings.[d]
Protect me there from all my foes.
For there are many who surround my soul
to completely destroy me.
10 They are pitiless, heartless—hard as nails,
swollen with pride and filled with arrogance!
11 See how they close in on me,
waiting for the chance to throw me to the ground.[e]
12 They’re like lions eager to tear me apart,
like young and fearless lions lurking in secret,
so ferocious and cruel—ready to rip me to shreds.
13 Arise, God, and confront them!
Challenge them with your might![f]
Free me from their clutches and rescue me from their rage.
14 Throw them down to the ground,
those who live for only this life on earth.
Thrust them out of their prosperity
and into their portion in eternity,
leaving their wealth and wickedness behind!
15 As for me, because I am innocent I will see[g] your face
until I see you for who you really are.
Then I will awaken with your form and be fully satisfied,[h]
fulfilled in the revelation of your glory in me!


  1. Psalm 17:7 As translated from the Septuagint.
  2. Psalm 17:7 As translated from the Aramaic.
  3. Psalm 17:8 Or “daughter.”
  4. Psalm 17:8 This could also be a reference to the mercy seat, where sacred blood was sprinkled in the Holy of Holies. There the golden cherubim overshadowed all who entered the divine chamber (Ex. 25:18-20).
  5. Psalm 17:11 This is also what the soldiers did to Jesus. They threw him to the ground and nailed him to the cross.
  6. Psalm 17:13 The word used here is sword. An alternative translation would be “Rescue my soul from the wicked one, who is your sword.” The wicked are sometimes God’s tools to execute his judgments (Isa. 10:5; Jer. 51:20).
  7. Psalm 17:15 The Hebrew word for “gaze,” chaza, means “to see a vision.”
  8. Psalm 17:15 The Aramaic can be translated “I will be satisfied when your faith is awakened.”
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