Psalm 17

Exaudi, Domine
Hear what is right, O Lord; consider my complaint; *
hearken to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips.
Let justice for me come forth from your presence, *
and let your eyes look upon that which is right.
You have tested and visited my heart in the night season. *
If you try me you shall find no wickedness in me; my mouth shall not offend.
As for the works of others, *
because of the words of your lips, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent.
Hold my steps firmly in your paths, *
that my footsteps may not slip.
I have called upon you, O God, for you will hear me; *
incline your ear to me and hearken to my words.
Show your marvelous loving-kindness, you that are the Savior of those who put their trust in you *
from the ones who resist your right hand.
Keep me as the apple of your eye; *
hide me under the shadow of your wings,
From the ungodly who assault me, *
even from my enemies who encompass me to take away my soul.
They have closed their heart to pity, *
and their mouth speaks proud things.
They lie waiting in my way on every side, *
watching how they may cast me down to the ground,
Like a lion that is greedy for its prey, *
and like a young lion lurking in secret places.
Rise up, O Lord, confront them and cast them down; *
deliver my soul from the ungodly by your sword and by your hand,
From those, O Lord, from those whose portion in life is of the world, *
whose bellies you fill with your hidden treasure.
They have children at their desire, *
and leave the rest of their abundance for their little ones.
But as for me, I will behold your presence in righteousness; *
and when I awake and see your likeness, I shall be satisfied.