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Psalm 17

Psalm 17

A prayer of David.

Lord, hear me, because I ask for what is right.
    Listen to my cry for help.
Hear my prayer.
    It doesn’t come from lips that tell lies.
When you hand down your sentence, may it be in my favor.
    May your eyes see what is right.

Look deep down into my heart.
    Study me carefully at night and test me.
    You won’t find anything wrong.
I have planned nothing evil.
    My mouth has not said sinful things.
Though evil people tried to pay me to do wrong,
    I have not done what they wanted.
Instead I have done what you commanded.
My steps have stayed on your paths.
    My feet have not slipped.

My God, I call out to you because you will answer me.
    Listen to me. Hear my prayer.
Show me the wonders of your great love.
    By using your great power,
    you save those who go to you for safety from their enemies.
Take good care of me, just as you would take care of your own eyes.
    Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
Save me from the sinful people who want to destroy me.
    Save me from my deadly enemies who are all around me.

10 They make their hearts hard and stubborn.
    Their mouths speak with pride.
11 They have tracked me down. They are all around me.
    Their eyes watch for a chance to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like a hungry lion, waiting to attack.
    They are like a powerful lion, hiding in the bushes.

13 Lord, rise up. Oppose them and bring them down.
    With your sword, save me from those evil people.
14 Lord, by your power save me from people like that.
    They belong to this world. They get their reward in this life.

May what you have stored up for evil people fill their bellies.
    May their children’s stomachs be filled with it.
    And may there even be leftovers for their little ones.
15 You will show that I am right; I will enjoy your blessing.
    When I wake up, I will be satisfied because I will see you.

Amplified Bible

Psalm 17

Prayer for Protection against Oppressors.

A Prayer of David.

1Hear the just (righteous) cause, O Lord; listen to my loud [piercing] cry;
Listen to my prayer, that comes from guileless lips.

Let my verdict of vindication come from Your presence;
May Your eyes look with equity and behold things that are just.

You have tried my heart;
You have visited me in the night;
You have tested me and You find nothing [evil in me];
I intend that my mouth will not transgress.

Concerning the deeds of men, by the word of Your lips
I have kept away from the paths of the violent.

My steps have held closely to Your paths;
My feet have not staggered.


I have called upon You, for You, O God, will answer me;
Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech.

Wondrously show Your [marvelous and amazing] lovingkindness,
O Savior of those who take refuge at Your right hand
From those who rise up against them.

Keep me [in Your affectionate care, protect me] as the [a]apple of Your eye;
Hide me in the [protective] shadow of Your wings

From the wicked who despoil and deal violently with me,
My deadly enemies who surround me.
10 
They have closed their [b]unfeeling heart [to kindness and compassion];
With their mouths they speak proudly and make presumptuous claims.
11 
They track us down and have now surrounded us in our steps;
They set their eyes to force us to the ground,
12 
He is like a lion eager to tear [his prey],
And like a young lion lurking in hiding places.

13 
Arise, O Lord, confront him, cast him down;
Save my soul from the wicked with Your sword,
14 
From men with Your hand, O Lord,
From men of the world [these moths of the night] whose portion [of enjoyment] is in this life—idle and vain,
And whose belly You fill with Your treasure;
They are satisfied with children,
And they leave what they have left [of wealth] to their children.
15 
As for me, I shall see Your face in righteousness;
I will be [fully] satisfied when I awake [to find myself] seeing Your likeness.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 17:8 Lit the pupil, the daughter of the eye.
  2. Psalm 17:10 Lit fat.