Psalms 17

A Prayer of Dawid.

1 Hear the right, O יהוה, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.

2 Let my sentence come forth from your presence; let your eyes behold the things that are equal.

3 You have proved mine heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tested me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.

4 Concerning the works of men, by the word of your lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.

5 Hold up my goings in Your paths, that my footsteps slip not.

6 I have called upon You, for You wilt hear me, O God (Elohim); incline Your ear unto me, and hear my speech.

7 Shew Your marvellous loving-kindness, O You who savest by Your right hand them who put their trust in You from those that rise up against them.

8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of Your wings,

9 From the wicked who oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.

10 They are inclosed in their own fat; with their mouth they speak proudly.

11 They have now compassed us in our steps; they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth;

12 Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it was a young lion lurking in secret places.

13 Arise, O יהוה, disappoint him, cast him down; deliver my soul from the wicked, with Your sword;

14 From men with Your hand, O יהוה, from men of the world, who have their portion in this life, and whose belly you fillest with Your hid treasure; they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.

15 As for me, I will behold Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Your likeness.