[A prayer of Dauid.]
1
Heare the right, O Lord, attend vnto my crie, giue eare vnto my prayer, that goeth not out of fained lips.
2
Let my sentence come forth from thy presence: let thine eyes beholde the things that are equall.
3
Thou hast prooued 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 transgresse.
4
Concerning the workes of men, by the word of thy lips, I haue kept me from the paths of the destroyer.
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Hold vp my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.
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I haue called vpon thee, for thou wilt heare me, O God: incline thine eare vnto me, and heare my speach.
7
Shewe thy marueilous louing kindnesse, O thou that sauest by thy right hand, them which put their trust in thee, fro those that rise vp against them.
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Keepe me as the apple of the eye: hide mee vnder the shadowe of thy wings,
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From the wicked that oppresse me, from my deadly enemies, who compasse me about.
10
They are inclosed in their owne fat: with their mouth they speake proudly.
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They haue now compassed vs in our steps: they haue set their eyes bowing downe to the earth:
12
Like as a lyon that is greedie of his pray, and as it were a yong lyon lurking in secret places.
13
Arise, O Lord, disappoint him, cast him downe: deliuer my soule from the wicked, which is thy sword:
14
From men which are thy hand, O Lord, from men of the world, which haue their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: They are full of children, and leaue the rest of their substance to their babes.
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As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousnesse: I shall bee satisfied, when I awake, with thy likenesse.