For my eyes are toward You, O GOD
, the Lord;
In You I take refuge; do not leave me defenseless.
9Keep me from the jaws of the trap which they have set for me,
And from the snares of those who do iniquity.
10Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
While I pass by safely.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
For mine eyes are unto thee, O Jehovah the Lord: In thee do I take refuge; leave not my soul destitute.
But o to thee, O Lord, Lord, are my eyes: in thee have I put my trust, take not away my soul.
Darby Bible Translation
For unto thee, Jehovah, Lord, are mine eyes; in thee do I trust: leave not my soul destitute.
English Revised Version
For mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee do I put my trust; leave not my soul destitute.
Webster's Bible Translation
But my eyes are to thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.
World English Bible
For my eyes are on you, Yahweh, the Lord. In you, I take refuge. Don't leave my soul destitute.
Young's Literal Translation
But to Thee, O Jehovah, my Lord, are mine eyes, In Thee I have trusted, Make not bare my soul.
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