Psalm 17

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    Lord, hear the right, attend my cry,
       unto my pray'r give heed,
     That doth not in hypocrisy
       from feigned lips proceed.
2    And from before thy presence forth
       my sentence do thou send:
     Toward these things that equal are
       do thou thine eyes intend.

3    Thou prov'dst mine heart, thou visit'dst me
       by night, thou didst me try,
     Yet nothing found'st; for that my mouth
       shall not sin, purpos'd I.
4    As for men's works, I, by the word
       that from thy lips doth flow,
     Did me preserve out of the paths
       wherein destroyers go.

5    Hold up my goings, Lord, me guide
       in those thy paths divine,
     So that my footsteps may not slide
       out of those ways of thine.
6    I called have on thee, O God,
       because thou wilt me hear:
     That thou may'st hearken to my speech,
       to me incline thine ear.

7    Thy wondrous loving-kindness show,
       thou that, by thy right hand,
     Sav'st them that trust in thee from those
       that up against them stand.
8    As th' apple of the eye me keep;
       in thy wings shade me close
9    From lewd oppressors, compassing
       me round, as deadly foes.

10   In their own fat they are inclos'd;
       their mouth speaks loftily.
11   Our steps they compass'd; and to ground
       down bowing set their eye.
12   He like unto a lion is
       that's greedy of his prey,
     Or lion young, which lurking doth
       in secret places stay.

13   Arise, and disappoint my foe,
       and cast him down, O Lord:
     My soul save from the wicked man,
       the man which is thy sword.
14   From men, which are thy hand, O Lord,
       from worldly men me save,
     Which only in this present life
       their part and portion have.

     Whose belly with thy treasure hid
       thou fill'st: they children have
     In plenty; of their goods the rest
       they to their children leave.
15   But as for me, I thine own face
       in righteousness will see;
     And with thy likeness, when I wake,
       I satisfy'd shall be.

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