Psalm 17

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Psalm 17 is the 17th psalm from the Book of Psalms.

TITLE[edit]

  • A Prayer of David

Key Thoughts and Phrases[edit]

  • David expresses his assurance in v.1 of unfeigned lips, v.3 that his heart has withstood testing; v.15 that he shall behold the Face of God after death in righteousness.
  • v.15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

Verse Notes[edit]

1 Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.

2 Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.

3 Thou hast proved 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 transgress.

4 Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.

5 Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.

6 I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.

7 Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.

8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

9 From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.

10 They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.

11 They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth;

12 Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:

14 From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their 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.

15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.[1]

Uses[edit]

Judaism[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ See also: The Hope of Future Bliss, a sermon upon this text delivered May 20, 1855 by Rev. C.H. Spurgeon
  2. ^ The Complete Artscroll Machzor for Rosh Hashanah page 349
  3. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 293

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