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Psalm 17 :: American Standard Version (ASV)

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Prayer for Protection against Oppressors.

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Hear the right, O Jehovah, attend unto my cry;
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Let my sentence come forth from thy presence;
Let thine eyes look upon equity.

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Thou hast proved my heart; thou hast visited me in the night;
Thou hast tried me, and findest nothing;
I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.

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As for the works of men, by the word of thy lips
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My steps have held fast to thy paths,
My feet have not slipped.

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I have called upon thee, for thou wilt answer me, O God:
Incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.

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Show thy marvellous lovingkindness,
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Keep me as the apple of the eye;
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From the wicked that oppress me,
My deadly enemies, that compass me about.

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They are inclosed in their own fat:
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He is like a lion that is greedy of his prey,
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Arise, O Jehovah,
Confront him, cast him down:
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From men by thy hand, O Jehovah,
From men of the world, whose portion is in this life,
And whose belly thou fillest with thy treasure:
They are satisfied with children,
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As for me, I shall behold thy face in righteousness;
I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with beholding thy form.
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