The believer appeals to the LORD for protection from the enemy.

BibleGateway: Psalm 17:1-15

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ESV Text: Psalm 17:1-15

Psalm 17

In the Shadow of Your Wings

A Prayer of David.


17:1   Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry!
    Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
  From your presence let my vindication come!
    Let your eyes behold the right!


  You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night,
    you have tested me, and you will find nothing;
    I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
  With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips
    I have avoided the ways of the violent.
  My steps have held fast to your paths;
    my feet have not slipped.


  I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
    incline your ear to me; hear my words.
  Wondrously show1 your steadfast love,
    O Savior of those who seek refuge
    from their adversaries at your right hand.


  Keep me as the apple of your eye;
    hide me in the shadow of your wings,
  from the wicked who do me violence,
    my deadly enemies who surround me.


10   They close their hearts to pity;
    with their mouths they speak arrogantly.
11   They have now surrounded our steps;
    they set their eyes to cast us to the ground.
12   He is like a lion eager to tear,
    as a young lion lurking in ambush.


13   Arise, O LORD! Confront him, subdue him!
    Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword,
14   from men by your hand, O LORD,
    from men of the world whose portion is in this life.2
  You fill their womb with treasure;3
    they are satisfied with children,
    and they leave their abundance to their infants.


15   As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
    when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.

Footnotes

[1] 17:7 Or Distinguish me by

[2] 17:14 Or from men whose portion in life is of the world

[3] 17:14 Or As for your treasured ones, you fill their womb

(ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 17

     1 A prayer of David. Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips. 2 Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal. 3 Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress. 4 Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer. 5 Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not. 6 I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech. 7 shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.

     8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, 9 From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about. 10 They are enclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly. 11 They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth; 12 Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places. 13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword: 14 From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes. 15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 426:
The Lord my Shepherd Is

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1. The Lord my Shepherd is, 
I shall be well supplied. 
Since He is mine and I am His, 
What can I want beside? 

2. He leads me to the place 
Where heav’nly pasture grows, 
Where living waters gently pass 
And full salvation flows. 

3. If e’er I go astray, 
He doth my soul reclaim 
And guides me in His own right way 
For His most holy name. 

4. While He affords His aid, 
I cannot yield to fear; 
Though I should walk through death’s dark shade, 
My Shepherd’s with me there. 

5. Amid surrounding foes 
Thou dost my table spread; 
My cup with blessing overflows, 
And joy exults my head. 

6. The bounties of Thy love 
Shall crown my following days, 
Nor from Thy house will I remove 
Nor cease to speak Thy praise. 


Hymn: LSB 754 Entrust Your Days and Burdens
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