Psalms 17

Psalm 17

A Prayer for Protection

A prayer of David.

1Lord, hear a just cause;

pay attention to my cry;

listen to my prayer —

from lips free of deceit.

2Let my vindication come from you,

for you see what is right.

3You have tested my heart;

you have examined me at night.

You have tried me and found nothing evil;

I have determined that my mouth will not sin.

4Concerning what people do:

by the words from your lips

I have avoided the ways of the violent.

5My steps are on your paths;

my feet have not slipped.

6I call on you, God,

because you will answer me;

listen closely to me; hear what I say.

7Display the wonders of your faithful love,

Savior of all who seek refuge

from those who rebel against your right hand.

8Protect me as the pupil of your eye;

hide me in the shadow of your wings

9from the wicked who treat me violently,

my deadly enemies who surround me.

10They are uncaring;

their mouths speak arrogantly.

11They advance against me; now they surround me.

They are determined

to throw me to the ground.

12They are like a lion eager to tear,

like a young lion lurking in ambush.

13Rise up, Lord!

Confront him; bring him down.

With your sword, save me from the wicked.

14With your hand, Lord, save me from men,

from men of the world

whose portion is in this life:

You fill their bellies with what you have in store;

their sons are satisfied,

and they leave their surplus to their children.

15But I will see your face in righteousness;

when I awake, I will be satisfied with your presence.