Psalm 17

A Prayer of David. Hear the right, O LORD; listen to my cry; Give ear to my prayer, [for it is] not in lips of deceit.

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Let my judgment go out from Your presence; let Your eyes behold uprightly.

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You have proved my heart; You have visited [me] in the night; You have tried me, and You will find nothing; my thoughts do not pass beyond my mouth.

Concerning the works of men, by the words of Your lips, I am kept [from] the paths of the destroyer.

My steps have been held in Your paths, [so that] my footsteps have not slipped.

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I have called on You, for You will hear me, O God; bow down Your ear to me; [hear] my speech.

Set our Your wonderful loving-kindness, O Savior of those seeking refuge [in You], by Your right hand, from those who rise up against [me].

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Keep me as the pupil, the daughter of the eye; hide me under the shadow of Your wings,

from the face of the wicked who strip me. [Those] against [my] soul, My foes, encircle me.

They are enclosed in their own fat; with their mouth they speak proudly,

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They have now hemmed in our steps. They have set their eyes to bow [me] to the earth,

Their likeness is like a lion [that] longs to tear, and like a young lion lurking in secret places.

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Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, bow him down; deliver my soul from the wicked by Your sword,

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from men by Your hand, O LORD, from men of the world whose portion is in [this] life, and whose belly You fill with Your treasure. They are satisfied with sons, and will leave their riches to their babes.

[As for] me, I will behold Your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with Your image.

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