King David of Israel

Rookie (c.1040 BC - c.970 BC / Bethlehem)

Psalm 17: Hear The Right, O Lord - Poem by King David of Israel

1Hear 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.


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Poem Edited: Friday, December 30, 2011

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