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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book I
 
XVII
 
Prayer for Protection Against Oppressors
 
 
A Prayer of David.
 
 
[1]  HEAR the right, O Jehovah, 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 1 thine eyes look upon equity.
[3]  Thou hast proved my heart; thou hast visited me in the night;
Thou hast tried me, and findest 2 nothing;
I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
[4]  As for the works of men, by the word of thy lips
I have kept me from the ways of the violent.
[5]  My steps have held fast to thy paths,
My feet have not slipped.
[6]  I have called upon thee, for thou wilt answer me, O God:
Incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.
[7]  Show thy marvellous lovingkindness,
O thou that savest by 3 thy right hand them that take refuge 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,
From the wicked that oppress me,
My deadly enemies, that compass me about.
[9]  They 4 are inclosed in their own fat:
With their mouth they speak proudly.
[10]  They have now compassed us in our steps;
They set their eyes to cast us down to the earth.
[11]  He is like a lion that is greedy of his prey,
And as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.
[12]  Arise, O Jehovah,
Confront 5 him, cast him down:
Deliver my soul from the 6 wicked by thy sword;
[13]  From men 7 by thy hand, O Jehovah,
From men of 8 the world, whose portion is in this life,
And whose belly thou fillest with thy treasure:
They are satisfied with children,
And leave the rest of their substance to their babes.
[14]  As for me, I 9 shall behold thy face in righteousness;
I 10 shall be satisfied, when I awake, with beholding thy form.
 
Note 1. Or, Thine eyes behold with equity. [back]
Note 2. Or, findest no evil purpose in me; My mouth &c. [back]
Note 3. Or, them that take refuge … rise up against thy right hand. [back]
Note 4. Or, They have shut up their heart. [back]
Note 5. Or, Forestall. [back]
Note 6. Or, the wicked, who is thy sword. [back]
Note 7. Or, men who are thy hand. [back]
Note 8. Or, whose portion in life is of the world. [back]
Note 9. Or, let me. [back]
Note 10. Or, let me. [back]
 

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