17:1(A Prayer of David.) Hear a the right, O LORD, attend
unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, [that goeth] not out
of feigned lips.
(a) My righteous cause.
17:2 Let my b sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine
eyes behold the things that are equal.
(b) The vengeance that you will show against my enemies.
17:3 Thou hast c proved mine heart; thou hast visited [me] in
the night; thou hast tried me, [and] shalt find nothing; I
am purposed [that] my d mouth shall not transgress.
(c) When your Spirit examined my conscience.
(d) I was innocent toward my enemy both in deed and
17:4 Concerning the works of men, by the e word of thy lips I
have kept [me from] the paths of the destroyer.
(e) Though the wicked provoked me to do evil for evil, yet
your word kept me back.
17:6 I have called upon thee, f for thou wilt hear me, O God:
incline thine ear unto me, [and hear] my speech.
(f) He was assured that God would not refuse his request.
17:7 Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by
thy right hand them which put their trust [in thee] from
those that g rise up [against them].
(g) For all rebel against you, who trouble your Church.
17:9 From the wicked that oppress me, [from] my deadly enemies,
[who] compass h me about.
(h) For their cruelty cannot be satisfied but with my
17:10 They are inclosed in their own i fat: with their mouth
they speak proudly.
(i) They are puffed up with pride, as the stomach that is
choked with fat.
17:13 Arise, O LORD, k disappoint him, cast him down: deliver
my soul from the wicked, [which is] thy sword:
(k) Stop his rage.
17:14 From men [which are] thy l hand, O LORD, from men of the
world, [which have] their m 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.
(l) By your heavenly power.
(m) And not feel the pain that God's children often do.
17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face n in righteousness: I
shall be satisfied, when I o awake, with thy likeness.
(n) This is the full happiness, comforting against all
assaults to have the face of God and favourable
countenance opened to us.
(o) And am delivered out of my great troubles.