1David appealeth to God for his innocence, and prayeth to be saved from his enemies: 10he sheweth their pride and eagerness to ruin him: 13he prayeth against worldly men, expressing his own confidence in God.
A 1Prayer of David.
1Hear 1the aright, O Lord, 2attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, bthat goeth not out of feigned lips.
2Let 1my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold 2the things that are equal.
3Thou 1hast proved mine heart; thou hast 2visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; 3I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
4Concerning the works of men, 1by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.
51Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps aslip not.
61I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.
7Shew thy 1marvellous lovingkindness, O thou athat savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.
81Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under 2the shadow of thy wings,
9From the wicked athat oppress me, frombmy deadly enemies, who compass me about.
10They 1are inclosed in their own fat: 2with their mouth they speak proudly.
11They 1have now compassed us in our steps: they have 2set their eyes bowing down to the earth;
12aLike as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion blurking in secret places.
131Arise, O Lord, adisappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, 2which isbthy sword:
14aFrom men which are thy 1hand, O Lord, from men of the world, which have2their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: bthey are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.
15As for me, 1I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be 2satisfied, 3when I awake, with thy 4likeness.