Psalm 17:2
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New International Version
Let my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right.

New Living Translation
Declare me innocent, for you see those who do right.

English Standard Version
From your presence let my vindication come! Let your eyes behold the right!

New American Standard Bible
Let my judgment come forth from Your presence; Let Your eyes look with equity.

King James Bible
Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let my vindication come from You, for You see what is right.

International Standard Version
Justice for me will come from your presence; your eyes see what is right.

NET Bible
Make a just decision on my behalf! Decide what is right!

New Heart English Bible
Let my sentence come forth from your presence. Let your eyes look on equity.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My judgment will come forth from before you and your eyes will see integrity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let the verdict of my innocence come directly from you. Let your eyes observe what is fair.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let my judgment come forth from Thy presence; Let Thine eyes behold equity.

New American Standard 1977
Let my judgment come forth from Thy presence;
            Let Thine eyes look with equity.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold uprightness.

King James 2000 Bible
Let my vindication come forth from your presence; let your eyes behold the things that are right.

American King James Version
Let my sentence come forth from your presence; let your eyes behold the things that are equal.

American Standard Version
Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; Let thine eyes look upon equity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let my judgment come forth from thy countenance: let thy eyes behold the things that are equitable.

Darby Bible Translation
Let my judgment come forth from thy presence, let thine eyes regard equity.

English Revised Version
Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes look upon equity.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thy eyes behold the things that are equal.

World English Bible
Let my sentence come forth from your presence. Let your eyes look on equity.

Young's Literal Translation
From before thee my judgment doth go out; Thine eyes do see uprightly.
Study Bible
Hear, O Lord, My Righteous Plee
1A Prayer of David. Hear a just cause, O LORD, give heed to my cry; Give ear to my prayer, which is not from deceitful lips. 2Let my judgment come forth from Your presence; Let Your eyes look with equity. 3You have tried my heart; You have visited me by night; You have tested me and You find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.…
Cross References
Psalm 98:9
Before the LORD, for He is coming to judge the earth; He will judge the world with righteousness And the peoples with equity.

Psalm 99:4
The strength of the King loves justice; You have established equity; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.

Psalm 103:6
The LORD performs righteous deeds And judgments for all who are oppressed.
Treasury of Scripture

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

Let my

Psalm 37:6,33 And he shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your …

2 Thessalonians 1:6-9 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation …

Jude 1:24 Now to him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present …

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Ezekiel 18:25,29 Yet you say, The way of the LORD is not equal. Hear now, O house …

Ezekiel 33:17,20 Yet the children of your people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: …

(2) Let my sentence--i.e., let my cause be tried before Thy tribunal, where it is sure of success, since I am innocent and Thou art just. The second clause is better in the present, "Thine eyes behold," &c.

The things that are equal.--Heb., meysharm, which may be either abstract, rectitude, or concrete, the just (Song of Solomon 1:4, Note), or adverbial, justly.

Verse 2. - Let my sentence come forth from thy presence. David does not doubt, any more than Job (Job 13:18), what the sentence will be. As right is on his side (ver. 1), it must be in his favour. Let thine eyes behold the things that are equal; literally, Let thine eyes behold equities. Let my sentence come forth from thy presence,.... Not of condemnation, such as came forth from God and passed on Adam and all his posterity, Romans 5:12; though such an one was executed on Christ, as he was the surety and representative of his people; but of justification, which came forth from God and passed on Christ, when he rose from the dead, and upon his people in him, 1 Timothy 3:16. Here it chiefly designs the vindication of the innocence of the psalmist before men; and his request is, that as he was fully persuaded that he was clear of the things he was charged with in the sight of God, that he would openly and publicly make him appear so before men; that he would bring forth his righteousness as the light, and his judgment as the noonday, Psalm 37:6; and of which he made no doubt but he would; so Christ, though he was traduced by men, knew he should be justified by his Father, and by his children, Isaiah 50:8;

let thine eyes behold the things that are equal; which is not to be understood barely of the eyes of his omniscience; for these behold things both equal and unequal, good and evil, things which agree and disagree with the law of God, the rule of righteousness and equity; but of his approbation of them, and that he would some way or other testify that approbation; for the petition intends the favouring of his just and equal cause, and making it to appear to be so. 2. sentence—acquitting judgment.

from thy presence—Thy tribunal.

things that are equal—just and right, do Thou regard.17:1-7 This psalm is a prayer. Feigned prayers are fruitless; but if our hearts lead our prayers, God will meet them with his favour. The psalmist had been used to pray, so that it was not his distress and danger that now first brought him to his duty. And he was encouraged by his faith to expect God would notice his prayers. Constant resolution and watchfulness against sins of the tongue, will be a good evidence of our integrity. Aware of man's propensity to wicked works, and of his own peculiar temptations, David had made God's word his preservative from the paths of Satan, which lead to destruction. If we carefully avoid the paths of sin, it will be very lead to destruction. If we carefully avoid the paths of sin, it will be very comfortable in the reflection, when we are in trouble. Those that are, through grace, going in God's paths, should pray that their goings may be held up in those paths. David prays, Lord, still hold me up. Those who would proceed and persevere in the ways of God, must, by faith prayer, get daily fresh supplies of grace and strength from him. Show thy marvellous loving-kindness, distinguishing favours, not common mercies, but be gracious to me; do as thou usest to do to those who love thy name.
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