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Psalm 16 (17)

Save me from wrongdoers
“During his life on earth he offered up prayer, which was heard” (Heb 5, 7)

Lord, hear a cause that is just,
  pay heed to my cry.
Turn your ear to my prayer:
  no deceit is on my lips.

From you may my judgement come forth.
  Your eyes discern the truth.

You search my heart, you visit me by night.
  You test me and you find in me no wrong.
  My words are not sinful as are men’s words.

I kept from violence because of your word,
  I kept my feet firmly in your paths;
  there was no faltering in my steps.

I am here and I call, you will hear me, O God.
  Turn your ear to me; hear my words.
Display your great love, you whose right hand saves
  your friends from those who rebel against them.

Guard me as the apple of your eye.
  Hide me in the shadow of your wings
  from the violent attack of the wicked.

My foes encircle me with deadly intent.
  Their hearts tight shut, their mouths speak proudly.
  They advance against me, and now they surround me.

Their eyes are watching to strike me to the ground,
  as though they were lions ready to claw
  or like some young lion crouched in hiding.

Lord, arise, confront them, strike them down!
  Let your sword rescue my soul from the wicked;
let your hand, O Lord, rescue me from men,
  from men whose reward is in this present life.

You give them their fill of your treasures;
  they rejoice in abundance of offspring
  and leave their wealth to their children.

As for me, in my justice I shall see your face
  and be filled, when I awake, with the sight of your glory.