|[A Prayer of David.]|
|Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry! |
Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
|Song of Triumph for the King. Psalm 17(v16)|
|From thee let my vindication come! |
Let thy eyes see the right!
|If thou triest my heart, if thou visitest me by night, |
if thou testest me, thou wilt find no wickedness in me;
my mouth does not transgress.
|With regard to the works of men, |
by the word of thy lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.
|My steps have held fast to thy paths, |
my feet have not slipped.
|I call upon thee, for thou wilt answer me, |
O God; incline thy ear to me, hear my words.
|Wondrously show thy steadfast love, |
O saviour of those who seek refuge
from their adversaries at thy right hand.
|Keep me as the apple of the eye; |
hide me in the shadow of thy wings,
|from the wicked who despoil me, |
my deadly enemies who surround me.
|They close their hearts to pity; |
with their mouths they speak arrogantly.
|They track me down; now they surround me; |
they set their eyes to cast me to the ground.
|They are like a lion eager to tear, |
as a young lion lurking in ambush.
|Arise, O LORD! confront them, overthrow them! |
Deliver my life from the wicked by thy sword,
|from men by thy hand, O LORD, |
from men whose portion in life is of the world.
May their belly be filled with what thou hast stored up for them;
may their children have more than enough;
may they leave something over to their babes.
|As for me, I shall behold thy face in righteousness; |
when I awake, I shall be satisfied with beholding thy form.
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