Psalm 17
Holman Christian Standard Bible  Par ▾ 

A Prayer for Protection

A Davidic prayer.

1LORD, hear a just cause;a

pay attention to my cry;

listen to my prayer —

from lips free of deceit.b

2Let my vindication come from You,

for You see what is right.c

3You have tested my heart;d

You have examined me at night.

You have tried me and found nothing evil;e

I have determined that my mouth will not sin.f

4Concerning what people do:

by the word of Your lipsg

I have avoided the ways of the violent.h

5My steps are on Your paths;

my feet have not slipped.i

6I call on You, God,

because You will answer me;j

listen closely to me; hear what I say.

7Display the wonders of Your faithful love,k

Savior of all who seek refugel

from those who rebel against Your right hand.m

8Protect me as the pupil of Your eye;n

hide me in the shadow of Your wingso

9fromp the wicked who treat me violently,q

my deadly enemies who surround me.r

10They have become hardened;s, t

their mouths speak arrogantly.u

11They advance against me;v now they surround me.w

They are determinedx

to throw me to the ground.y

12They arez like a lion eager to tear,

like a young lion lurking in ambush.aa

13Rise up, LORD!

Confront him; bring him down.ab

With Your sword, save me from the

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

15But I will see Your face in righteousness;ae

when I awake, I will be satisfied with Your, ag

a. 17:1 Ps 9:4
b. 17:1 Jb 27:4; Ps 34:13; 1Pt 3:10
c. 17:2 Ps 26:1; 43:1
d. 17:3 Ps 66:10; Zch 13:9
e. 17:3 Jb 23:10; Ps 26:2
f. 17:3 Or evil&dprbrk;; my mouth will not sin
g. 17:4 God’s instruction
h. 17:4 Pr 4:14-15
i. 17:5 Jb 23:11
j. 17:6 Ps 86:7
k. 17:7 Ps 85:7
l. 17:7 Ps 7:1
m. 17:7 Or love, You who save with Your right hand those seeking refuge from adversaries
n. 17:8 Pr 7:2
o. 17:8 Ps 36:7; 57:1; 63:7; 91:1,4
p. 17:9 Lit from the presence of
q. 17:9 Or who plunder me
r. 17:9 Ps 18:48
s. 17:10 Lit have closed up their fat
t. 17:10 Ps 119:70
u. 17:10 Ps 31:18
v. 17:11 Vg; one Hb ms, LXX read They cast me out ; MT reads Our steps
w. 17:11 Ps 88:17
x. 17:11 Lit They set their eyes
y. 17:11 Ps 37:14; 62:4
z. 17:12 Lit He is
aa. 17:12 Ps 7:2; 10:9
ab. 17:13 Ps 55:23
ac. 17:13 Ps 7:12
ad. 17:14 Ps 73:3-7
ae. 17:15 Ps 11:7; Rv 22:4
af. 17:15 Lit form
ag. 17:15 Ps 16:11; 21:6; 73:28
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