Prayer for Protection against Oppressors.
A Prayer of David.
17 Hear 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.
They have closed their [b]unfeeling heart [to kindness and compassion];
With their mouths they speak proudly and make presumptuous claims.
They track us down and have now surrounded us in our steps;
They set their eyes to force us to the ground,
He is like a lion eager to tear [his prey],
And like a young lion lurking in hiding places.
Arise, O Lord, confront him, cast him down;
Save my soul from the wicked with Your sword,
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.
As for me, I shall see Your face in righteousness;
I will be [fully] satisfied when I awake [to find myself] seeing Your likeness.