Psalms – Chapter 17

The Bible – Old Testament

Psalms

Index

Int. 1. 2. 3.16. 17. 18.149. 150.

Psalms

Chapter 17

1

A prayer of David. 1 Hear, LORD, my plea for justice; pay heed to my cry; Listen to my prayer spoken without guile.

2

From you let my vindication come; your eyes see what is right.

3

You have tested my heart, searched it in the night. You have tried me by fire, but find no malice in me. My mouth has not transgressed

4

as humans often do. As your lips have instructed me, I have kept the way of the law.

5

My steps have kept to your paths; my feet have not faltered.

6

I call upon you; answer me, O God. Turn your ear to me; hear my prayer.

7

Show your wonderful love, you who deliver with your right arm those who seek refuge from their foes.

8

2 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings

9

from the violence of the wicked.

10

3 My ravenous enemies press upon me; they close their hearts, they fill their mouths with proud roaring.

11

Their steps even now encircle me; they watch closely, keeping low to the ground,

12

Like lions eager for prey, like young lions lurking in ambush.

13

Rise, O LORD, confront and cast them down; rescue me so from the wicked.

14

Slay them with your sword; with your hand, LORD, slay them; snatch them from the world in their prime. Their bellies are being filled with your friends; their children are satisfied too, for they share what is left with their young.

15

4 I am just – let me see your face; when I awake, let me be filled with your presence.

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1 [Psalm 17] A lament of an individual unjustly attacked who has taken refuge in the temple. Confident of being found innocent, the psalmist cries out for God’s just judgment ( Psalm 17:1-5) and requests divine help against enemies ( Psalm 17:6-9a). Those ravenous lions ( Psalm 17:9b-12) should be punished ( Psalm 17:13-14). The psalm ends with a serene statement of praise ( Psalm 17:15). The Hebrew text of  Psalm 17:3-4,  14 is uncertain.

2 [8] Apple of your eye . . . shadow of your wings: images of God’s special care. Cf  Deut 32:10;  Proverb 7:2;  Isaiah 49:2.

3 [10-12,14] An extended metaphor: the enemies are lions.

4 [15] When I awake: probably the psalmist has spent the night in the sanctuary (cf  Psalm 17:3) and hopes to wake to an oracle assuring God’s protective presence.

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Index

Int. 1. 2. 3.16. 17. 18.149. 150.

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