The Book of Psalms. The Harvard Classics. 190914.
Prayer for Protection Against Oppressors
A Prayer of David.
[ 1] H EAR the right, O Jehovah, 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 1 thine eyes look upon equity.
[ 3] Thou hast proved my heart; thou hast visited me in the night; Thou hast tried me, and findest 2 nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
[ 4] As for the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the ways of the violent.
[ 5] My steps have held fast to thy paths, My feet have not slipped.
[ 6] I have called upon thee, for thou wilt answer me, O God: Incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.
[ 7] Show thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by 3 thy right hand them that take refuge 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, From the wicked that oppress me, My deadly enemies, that compass me about.
[ 9] They 4 are inclosed in their own fat: With their mouth they speak proudly.
[ 10] They have now compassed us in our steps; They set their eyes to cast us down to the earth.
[ 11] He is like a lion that is greedy of his prey, And as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.
[ 12] Arise, O Jehovah, Confront 5 him, cast him down: Deliver my soul from the 6 wicked by thy sword;
[ 13] From men 7 by thy hand, O Jehovah, From men of 8 the world, whose portion is in this life, And whose belly thou fillest with thy treasure: They are satisfied with children, And leave the rest of their substance to their babes.
[ 14] As for me, I 9 shall behold thy face in righteousness; I 10 shall be satisfied, when I awake, with beholding thy form.
Or, Note 1. Thine eyes behold with equity. [ back]
Or, Note 2. findest no evil purpose in me; My mouth &c. [ back]
Or, Note 3. them that take refuge
rise up against thy right hand. [ back]
Or, Note 4. They have shut up their heart. [ back]
Or, Note 5. Forestall. [ back]
Or, Note 6. the wicked, who is thy sword. [ back]
Or, Note 7. men who are thy hand. [ back]
Or, Note 8. whose portion in life is of the world. [ back]
Or, Note 9. let me. [ back]
Or, Note 10. let me. [ back]