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Prayer of an Innocent Man.  Psalm 17(v16)

A Prayer of David.

1Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry!
Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
2From thee let my vindication come!
Let thy eyes see the right!

3If 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.
4With regard to the works of men,
by the word of thy lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.
5My steps have held fast to thy paths,
my feet have not slipped.

6I call upon thee, for thou wilt answer me,
O God; incline thy ear to me, hear my words.
7Wondrously show thy steadfast love,
O saviour of those who seek refuge
from their adversaries at thy right hand.
8Keep me as the apple of the eye;
hide me in the shadow of thy wings,
9from the wicked who despoil me,
my deadly enemies who surround me.

10They close their hearts to pity;
with their mouths they speak arrogantly.
11They track me down; now they surround me;
they set their eyes to cast me to the ground.
12They are like a lion eager to tear,
as a young lion lurking in ambush.

13Arise, O LORD! confront them, overthrow them!
Deliver my life from the wicked by thy sword,
14from 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.

15As for me, I shall behold thy face in righteousness;
when I awake, I shall be satisfied with beholding thy form.

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