David, in confidence of his integrity, craveth defence of God against his enemies.
Psalms 17:1 A Prayer of David. Hear, O Jehovah, righteousness, attend my cry, Give ear [to] my prayer, without lips of deceit. Psalms 17:2 From before thee my judgment doth go out; Thine eyes do see uprightly. Psalms 17:3 Thou hast proved my heart, Thou hast inspected by night, Thou hast tried me, Thou findest nothing; My thoughts pass not over my mouth. Psalms 17:4 As to doings of man, Through a word of Thy lips I have observed The paths of a destroyer; Psalms 17:5 To uphold my goings in Thy paths, My steps have not slidden. Psalms 17:6 II called Thee, for Thou dost answer me, O God, incline Thine ear to me, hear my speech. Psalms 17:7 Separate wonderfully Thy kindness, O Saviour of the confiding, By Thy right hand, from withstanders. Psalms 17:8 Keep me as the apple, the daughter of the eye; In shadow of Thy wings thou dost hide me. Psalms 17:9 From the face of the wicked who spoiled me. Mine enemies in soul go round against me.
He sheweth their pride, craft, and eagerness.
Psalms 17:10 Their fat they have closed up, Their mouths have spoken with pride: Psalms 17:11 'Our steps now have compassed [him];' Their eyes they set to turn aside in the land. Psalms 17:12 His likeness as a lion desirous to tear, As a young lion dwelling in secret places.
He prayeth against them in confidence of his hope.
Psalms 17:13 Arise, O Jehovah, go before his face, Cause him to bend. Deliver my soul from the wicked, Thy sword, Psalms 17:14 From men, Thy hand, O Jehovah, From men of the world, their portion [is] in life, And [with] Thy hidden things Thou fillest their belly, They are satisfied [with] sons; And have left their abundance to their sucklings. Psalms 17:15 Iin righteousness, I see Thy face; I am satisfied, in awaking, [with] Thy form!