Psalms - Chapter 17


The King James Version Basic English Version (BBE)

1 Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.

1 <A Prayer. Of David.> Let my cause come to your ears, O Lord, give attention to my cry; give ear to my prayer which goes not out from false lips.

2 Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.

2 Be my judge; for your eyes see what is right.

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

3 You have put my heart to the test, searching me in the night; you have put me to the test and seen no evil purpose in me; I will keep my mouth from sin.

4 Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.

4 As for the works of men, by the word of your lips I have kept myself from the ways of the violent.

5 Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.

5 I have kept my feet in your ways, my steps have not been turned away.

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

6 My cry has gone up to you, for you will give me an answer, O God: let your ear be turned to me, and give attention to my words.

7 Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.

7 Make clear the wonder of your mercy, O saviour of those who put their faith in your right hand, from those who come out against them.

8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

8 Keep me as the light of your eyes, covering me with the shade of your wings,

9 From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.

9 From the evil-doers who are violent to me, and from those who are round me, desiring my death.

10 They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.

10 They are shut up in their fat: with their mouths they say words of pride.

11 They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth;

11 They have made a circle round our steps: their eyes are fixed on us, forcing us down to the earth;

12 Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

12 Like a lion desiring its food, and like a young lion waiting in secret places.

13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:

13 Up! Lord, come out against him, make him low, with your sword be my saviour from the evil-doer.

14 From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.

14 With your hand, O Lord, from men, even men of the world, whose heritage is in this life, and whom you make full with your secret wealth: they are full of children; after their death their offspring take the rest of their goods.

15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

15 As for me, I will see your face in righteousness: when I am awake it will be joy enough for me to see your form.




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