Prayers of the Psalms

Psa. 17:1    Hear me,  LORD, my plea is just;   listen to my cry.   Hear  my prayer—   it does not rise from deceitful lips.
2  Let my vindication  come from you;   may your eyes see what is right.
3  Though you probe my heart,    though you examine me at night and test me,   you will find that I have planned no evil;    my mouth has not transgressed.
4  Though people tried to bribe me,   I have kept myself from the ways of the violent   through what your lips have commanded.
5  My steps have held to your paths;    my feet have not stumbled.
6  I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;    turn your ear to me  and hear my prayer.
7  Show me the wonders of your great love,    you who save by your right hand    those who take refuge  in you from their foes.
8  Keep me  as the apple of your eye;    hide me  in the shadow of your wings
9  from the wicked who are out to destroy me,   from my mortal enemies who surround me.

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