Psalm 17

David cries to be preserved
"This Psalm is termed a prayer because the language of petition is predominant. With a just cause, sincerely presented, the writer prays for a just decision and help and protection." (JFB Commentary)
 1 ¶ <<A Prayer of David.>> 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.
  5 - That my footsteps slip not God has promised help. We can live without intentional sin! Praise His name! jude24.
.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.
  6 - Incline thine ear David is confident. The almighty Soverign of the universe hears our prayers, too.
  6 - Speech Spoken prayer.
  8 - Apple of the eye The pupil zc0208, de3210.
.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.
  10 - Inclosed ... own fat Compare ps119070.
.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.
  13 - Thy sword David realized that trials from the enemy are sent from the Lord v2. Also notice, "thy hand" in v14.
  15 - Confirming the principle that death is like a sleep awaiting the call of the resurrection.
  15 - Thy likeness 1jo0302.


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