The Message

Psalm 17

A David Prayer

11-2 Listen while I build my case, God,
    the most honest prayer you’ll ever hear.
Show the world I’m innocent—
    in your heart you know I am.

Go ahead, examine me from inside out,
    surprise me in the middle of the night—
You’ll find I’m just what I say I am.
    My words don’t run loose.

4-5 I’m not trying to get my way
    in the world’s way.
I’m trying to get your way,
    your Word’s way.
I’m staying on your trail;
    I’m putting one foot
In front of the other.
    I’m not giving up.

6-7 I call to you, God, because I’m sure of an answer.
    So—answer! bend your ear! listen sharp!
Paint grace-graffiti on the fences;
    take in your frightened children who
Are running from the neighborhood bullies
    straight to you.

8-9 Keep your eye on me;
    hide me under your cool wing feathers
From the wicked who are out to get me,
    from mortal enemies closing in.

10-14 Their hearts are hard as nails,
    their mouths blast hot air.
They are after me, nipping my heels,
    determined to bring me down,
Lions ready to rip me apart,
    young lions poised to pounce.
Up, God: beard them! break them!
    By your sword, free me from their clutches;
Barehanded, God, break these mortals,
    these flat-earth people who can’t think beyond today.

I’d like to see their bellies
    swollen with famine food,
The weeds they’ve sown
    harvested and baked into famine bread,
With second helpings for their children
    and crusts for their babies to chew on.

15 And me? I plan on looking
    you full in the face. When I get up,
I’ll see your full stature
    and live heaven on earth.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

诗篇 17

无辜者的祈祷

大卫的祈祷。

1耶和华啊,
求你听我祈求公义的声音,
侧耳听我的呼求,
垂听我真诚的祷告。
愿你宣判我无罪,
愿你明察是非。
你试验过我的心思,
夜间鉴察过我,磨炼过我,
找不出任何过犯;
我立志口不犯罪。
我遵守你的教导,洁身自守,
不与残暴之徒同流。
我坚定地走你的道路,
从未偏离。
上帝啊!我向你祈祷,
因为你必应允我。
求你垂听我的祷告。
求你彰显你奇妙的慈爱,
用右手拯救投靠你的人脱离仇敌。
求你保护我,像保护眼中的瞳仁,
用你的翅膀荫庇我,
救我脱离恶人的攻击,
脱离四围杀气腾腾的仇敌。
10 他们良心丧尽,口出狂言。
11 他们穷追围堵,
伺机把我打倒在地。
12 他们像急于撕碎猎物的饿狮,
又像蹲伏在暗处的猛狮。
13 耶和华啊,
求你起来迎头击倒他们,
求你持刀救我脱离恶人。
14 耶和华啊,
求你伸手救我脱离这些人,
脱离这些只在今生有福分的世人。
你使他们财宝无数。
他们儿女众多,
还把财富留给子孙。
15 但我因持守公义必见你的面;
我醒来见到你就心满意足了。