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{A Prayer of David.}
Hear the right, O Jehovah, attend unto my cry;
give ear unto my prayer, which is not out of feigned lips.
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Let my judgment come forth from thy presence, let thine eyes regard equity.
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Thou hast proved my heart, thou hast visited me by night;
thou hast tried me, thou hast found nothing: my thought goeth not beyond my word.
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Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept from the paths of the violent [man].
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When thou holdest my goings in thy paths, my footsteps slip not.
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I have called upon thee, for thou answerest me, O God.
Incline thine ear unto me, hear my speech.
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Shew wondrously thy loving-kindnesses, O thou that savest by thy right hand them that trust [in thee] from those that rise up [against them].
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Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
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From the wicked that destroy me, my deadly enemies, who compass me about.
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They are enclosed in their own fat;
with their mouth they speak proudly.
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They have now encompassed us in our steps;
their eyes have they set, bowing down to the earth.
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He is like a lion that is greedy of its prey, and as a young lion lurking in secret places.
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Arise, Jehovah, anticipate him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, thy sword;
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From men [who are] thy hand, O Jehovah, from men of this age: their portion is in [this] life, and their belly thou fillest with thy hid [treasure];
they have their fill of sons, and leave the rest of their [substance] to their children.
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As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness;
I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.