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Psalm 17. Exaudi, Domine.

From the Book of Divine Worship - The Psalter or Psalms of David - Contemporary - Third Day - Morning Prayer.
  1. Hear my plea of innocence, O Lord; give heed to my cry; *
    listen to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips.
  2. Let my vindication come forth from your presence; *
    let your eyes be fixed on justice.
  3. Weigh my heart, summon me by night, *
    melt me down; you will find no impurity in me.
  4. I give no offense with my mouth as others do; *
    I have heeded the words of your lips.
  5. My footsteps hold fast to the ways of your law; *
    in your paths my feet shall not stumble.
  6. I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me; *
    incline your ear to me and hear my words.
  7. Show me your marvelous loving-kindness, *
    O Savior of those who take refuge at your right hand from those who rise up against them.
  8. Keep me as the apple of your eye; *
    hide me under the shadow of your wings,
  9. From the wicked who assault me, *
    from my deadly enemies who surround me.
  10. They have closed their heart to pity, *
    and their mouth speaks proud things.
  11. They press me hard, now they surround me, *
    watching how they may cast me to the ground,
  12. Like a lion, greedy for its prey, *
    and like a young lion lurking in secret places.
  13. Arise, O Lord; confront them and bring them down; *
    deliver me from the wicked by your sword.
  14. Deliver me, O Lord, by your hand *
    from those whose portion in life is this world;
  15. Whose bellies you fill with your treasure, *
    who are well supplied with children and leave their wealth to their little ones.
  16. But at my vindication I shall see your face; *
    when I awake, I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.
* An asterisk divides a verse of a Psalm in two portions for responsive reading

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