P  S  A  L .   X  V  I  I   (17)

The prayer of David.

1   HEare the right, O Lord, consider my cry: hearken unto my prayer of lips unstained.
2   Let my sentence come forth from thy presence, and let thine eyes behold equitie.
3   Thou hast prooved and visited my heart in the night: thou hast tryed me, and foundest nothing: for I was purposed that my mouth should not offend.
4   Concerning the works of men, by the words of thy lips I kept me from the paths of the cruell man.
5   Stay my steps in thy paths, that my feet doe not slide.
6   I have called upon thee: surely thou wilt heare me, O God: encline thine eare to me, and hearken unto my words.
7   Shew thy marveilous mercies, thou that art the Saviour of them that trust in thee, from such as resist thy right hand.
8   Keepe mee as the apple of the eye: hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
9   From the wicked that oppresse mee, from mine enemies, which encompasse me round about for my soule.
10   They are inclosed in their owne fat, and they have spoken proudly with their mouth.
11   They have compassed us now in our steps: they have set their eyes to bring down to the ground:
12   Like as a Lion that is greedy of praye, and as it were a Lions whelpe lurking in secret places.
13   Up Lord, disappoint him: cast him downe: deliver my soule from the wicked with thy sword.
14   From men by thine hand, O Lord, from men of the world, who have their portion in this life, whose bellies thou fillest with thine hid treasure: their children have enough, and leave the rest of their substance for their children.
15   But I will behold thy face in righteousnesse, and when I awake, I shalbe satisfied with thine image.

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