Bible: Psalm 17

Psalm 17 1 

17:1 A prayer of David.

Lord, consider my just cause! 2 

Pay attention to my cry for help!

Listen to the prayer

I sincerely offer! 3 

17:2 Make a just decision on my behalf! 4 

Decide what is right! 5 

17:3 You have scrutinized my inner motives; 6 

you have examined me during the night. 7 

You have carefully evaluated me, but you find no sin.

I am determined I will say nothing sinful. 8 

17:4 As for the actions of people 9 

just as you have commanded,

I have not followed in the footsteps of violent men. 10 

17:5 I carefully obey your commands; 11 

I do not deviate from them. 12 

17:6 I call to you for you will answer me, O God.

Listen to me! 13 

Hear what I say! 14 

17:7 Accomplish awesome, faithful deeds, 15 

you who powerfully deliver those who look to you for protection from their enemies. 16 

17:8 Protect me as you would protect the pupil of your eye! 17 

Hide me in the shadow of your wings! 18 

17:9 Protect me from 19  the wicked men who attack 20  me,

my enemies who crowd around me for the kill. 21 

17:10 They are calloused; 22 

they speak arrogantly. 23 

17:11 They attack me, now they surround me; 24 

they intend to throw me to the ground. 25 

17:12 He 26  is like a lion 27  that wants to tear its prey to bits, 28 

like a young lion crouching 29  in hidden places.

17:13 Rise up, Lord!

Confront him! 30  Knock him down! 31 

Use your sword to rescue me from the wicked man! 32 

17:14 Lord, use your power to deliver me from these murderers, 33 

from the murderers of this world! 34 

They enjoy prosperity; 35 

you overwhelm them with the riches they desire. 36 

They have many children,

and leave their wealth to their offspring. 37 

17:15 As for me, because I am innocent I will see your face; 38 

when I awake you will reveal yourself to me. 39 

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